Postgraduate Course: Human Cognition: Science and Application to Society (PPLS11002)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will cover example areas, including case studies, of research on human cognition that have and are leading to applications in different areas of society, and where applications have led to advances in science.
Research on human cognition often remains within the academic community and its goals often reflect pursuits of knowledge over societal application. However, a number of findings and developments in the study of cognition have been applied to address challenges in society and it is worth thinking about how such insights about what it means to be human can bridge the gap between academia and society. This course reviews a number of cognitive insights and the real-life implications they have for scenarios that involve, for example, decision making or social inequality or linguistic interpretation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||5 weekly assignments (each one contributes 20% to total mark)
||Students will receive feedback for every week's assignment and will be able to adjust their subsequent assignments accordingly.
A portion of the lecture in week 2 or 3 will be used to discuss the marked assignments up to that point in the course, giving students the option therefore of taking that feedback and using it to improve their remaining assignments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- discuss specific cognitive models and experimental results as they apply to specific societal scenarios
- appreciate the role of experimentation in the study of scientific research within society
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|| - Engage critically with primary research literature
- Compose an argument supported by experimental evidence
- Extend analysis tools to new domains
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled.
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Rohde
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188