While the last century has seen many great leaps in our understanding of the world around us, many aspects of our own brains, minds and cognition remain a mystery to us. In this unit we look at various philosophical issues relating to the scientific study of cognition and the brain. Questions about the nature of cognition itself, the methodology of cognitive science and the role of cognitive science in society will be considered. Various topics such as animal cognition, the evidential value of fMRI data, evolution and the brain, embodied and situated cognition and gender and the brain will be covered.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Synthesise and analyse information from a
variety of sources concerning foundational concepts and arguments in cognitive
science and philosophy.
- Engage in
philosophical discussion and debate on the various philosophical issues relating to cognitive
assess arguments about the nature of cognition, the methodology of cognitive
science and the role of cognitive sciences in society.
articulate their own position with respect to contemporary real world debates
about philosophy and cognitive science.
- Be able to understand and critically evaluate evidence from a broad range of disciplines including cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience.
Essay, 2000 words, 40% (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
Essay planning exercise, 500 words, 5% (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
Short writing exercise, 750 words, 15% (Learning Outcomes 2-5)
Tutorial participation, 10% (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
Journal 1500 words, 30% (Learning Outcomes 1-5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Areas of Interest
- Information Technology
- Intelligent Systems
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