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Postgraduate Course: CogLab 2: Seminars in Contemporary Cognitive Science (PHIL11147)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course gives MSc students the opportunity to engage in contemporary debates in cognitive science.
Course description The course builds on the successful PPIG seminar series. It will run on a fortnight basis with both internal and external speakers. Students will be invited to come to the seminars and will be exposed to a variety of current topics in cognitive science. A pre-seminar tutorial will be run for students in which the topic is introduced and necessary background provided. The seminars will provide the springboard for students to probe deeper into cutting edge debates in cognitive science, through an analysis of further relevant sources which are selected for each seminar, Q&A with the speaker, and an investigation of a chosen topic for the coursework.

The schedule for the PPIG seminar can be found here:

Note that there are 2 version of this course: CogLab 1 and CogLab 2. These run respectively in semesters 1 and 2. Each course is based on the work of the speakers scheduled for that semester. CogLab 1 is not a prerequisite for taking CogLab 2. Each course is free standing. Students are welcome to take either course or both courses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 7.5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 2,500 words on a chosen topic related to one of the speakers' seminars and agreed with the course organiser.

Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Feedback - Fortnightly tutorials
- Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. engage in rich interdisciplinary discussion that includes philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and computer science
  2. identify and engage with contemporary debates in cognitive science
  3. formulate questions and positions of relevance for cutting-edge research in cognitive science
Reading List
Readings will be provided by the speakers a few weeks in advance, and posted on LEARN.

A typical week's reading might be:

Colombetti, G and Thompson, E (2008) The feeling body: towards an enactive approach to emotion., in Overton WF, Muller U, Newman JL (eds) Developmental Perspectives on Embodiment and Consciousness, New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Ass., 2008, 45-68

Barrett, L. F., & Bar, M. (2009). See it with feeling: Affective predictions in the human brain. Royal Society Phil Trans B, 364, 1325-1334
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be led by Dr Tilman Vierkant however both internal and external speakers will be involved in the course.
Keywordsprediction,action,emotion,pain,embodiment,mind,cognitive science,philosophy,psychology
Course organiserDr Tillman Vierkant
Tel: (0131 6)51 3748
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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