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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive Science (Online) (PHIL11135)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is aimed at offering a selection of cutting-edge topics in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Possible topics include: perception, social cognition, sensorimotor accounts of visual consciousness, and the role of language in embodied cognition.

Please note auditing is not allowed on this course. Students must only take for credit.
Course description Language and thought
Week 1 - Introduction: the representational mind (Synchronous seminar)
Week 2 - Can animals think? (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 3 - The nativist/empiricist debate (Synchronous seminar)

Understanding other minds
Week 4 - Theory-theory (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 5 - Simulation theory (Synchronous seminar)
Week 6 - Mirror neurons (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 7 - A two systems account (Synchronous seminar)

Week 8 - Evolutionary psychology (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 9 - How does culture affect the mind (Synchronous seminar)
Week 10 - Altruism in non-human animals (Asynchronous forum seminar)
Week 11 - Review (Synchronous seminar)

This may be subject to change.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science (Online) (PHIL11130)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 144 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be assessed by a 2500 word essay (85%) and successful participation in the on-line activities associated with the course (15%). How the participation component will be assessed will be made clear to the students at the start of the course.

Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a grasp of fundamental issues in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
  2. critically analyse and engage with literature by key philosophers in this field.
  3. understand how empirical work can support philosophical arguments, and be able to use empirical data in their essays and arguments.
  4. present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom context and in a 2,500 word essay.
  5. gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation
Reading List
Available through Talis aspire

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
Additional Class Delivery Information Priority for this course will be given to online Epistemology, Ethics and Mind students. Students on any other programme must obtain permission to enrol from the Programme Director.
KeywordsPhilosophy of mind; Cognitive Science
Course organiserDr Indrek Reiland
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3860
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