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Postgraduate Course: CogLab 1: Seminars in Contemporary Cognitive Science (PHIL11146)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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 versions 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
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 13, 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 3000 words on a chosen topic related to one of the speakers' seminars and agreed with the course organiser.

Word limit: 3000 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. 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 include new or in-progress papers by PPIG speakers, as well as relevant background papers, to be determined by the speaker and announced before each tutorial on Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be led by Dr Alistair Isaac, however both internal and external speakers will be involved in the course.
KeywordsCognitive Science,Philosophy,Psychology,Embodiment,Agency,Social Cognition
Course organiserDr Tillman Vierkant
Tel: (0131 6)51 3748
Course secretaryMrs Ida Conlin
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