Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition (PHIL11037)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers an integrated, critical review of philosophical and cognitive scientific approaches to understanding mind, language, and embodied cognition.
The course aims to give students a sense both of recent developments and of the large-scale intellectual landscape in mind, language and embodied cognition. A special focus is the increasingly popular conception of mind as essentially "embodied and embedded".
According to this conception, thought and reason are in some way inextricably tied to the details of our gross bodily form, our abilities of action and intervention, and the enabling web of social, cultural, and technological scaffolding in which we live, move, learn and think.
The teaching is seminar based, and each week students prepare by reading set work.
Please note the course is only available to students taking for credit, not auditing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2500 word essay (100%).
Word limit: 3000 words maximum (excluding references)
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay. The essay cannot be draft of the summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- engage in rich interdisciplinary discussion that includes philosophy, psychology, neuroscience and computer science
- use empirical literature in a philosophical context
- develop their philosophical skills and their knowledge of the main issues and debates surrounding embodied cognition.
|Some introductory Background reading:|
Clark, A. (2001). Mindware: An Introduction to Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Clark, A. (2008). Supersizing the Mind. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing. Interdisciplinary thinking
|Course organiser||Dr Tillman Vierkant
Tel: (0131 6)51 3748
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002