Postgraduate Course: Advanced Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive Science (Online) (PHIL11135)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be assessed by a summative 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.
||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:
- grasp fundamental issues in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
- critically analyse and engage with literature by key philosophers in this field.
- understand how empirical work can support philosophical arguments, and be able to use empirical data in their essays and arguments.
- present arguments clearly and concisely both within a classroom and in a summative essay.
- gain transferable skills in research, analysis and argumentation
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students can develop their ability for independent learning through online resources.
|Keywords||philosophy of mind,cognitive science
|Course organiser||Dr James Laing
|Course secretary||Miss Sabina Ali
Tel: (0131 6) 50 4400