Universität Wien FIND

180146 SE Introduction to Cognitive Science II: Key Topics in Cognitive Science (2022S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Preparation meeting: Tuesday March 1st, 2022, 10:00-12:00 online


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 04.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Donnerstag 10.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Freitag 18.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 01.04. 09:00 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 08.04. 09:00 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 03.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 2i NIG 2.Stock C0228


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim of the seminar is to provide the students with important basics for scientific work in Cognitive Science, in particular the critical review of existing scientific literature. The seminar focuses on selected literature ranging from:
* Early Concepts
* Reductionism/Eliminativism
* Cognitivism
* Connectionism
* Cybernetics
* 4E Cognition
* New Trends in Cognitive Science

As a result of the seminar students should be able to search for relevant literature on- and offline, review selected literature on important basic philosophical issues in Cognitive Science, critically review and compare the literature, put it in historical context, summarize, present, and discuss it.

Finally, they will use this theoretical knowledge to compose a seminar paper on a self-chosen topic of interest (e.g., autonomy, qualia, sense making, body and mind, social cognition, etc.)

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Short presentation of a seminal Cognitive Science publication (20%)
Submitting a seminar paper (35%) and revised paper (45%)
Mandatory online participation in moodle forums and in classes and on-time submission (necessary conditon)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Grading will be according the points achieved: 100-90: sehr gut (1), 89-80: gut (2), 79-70: befriedigend (3), 69-60: genügend (4), 59-0: nicht genügend (5).


* Advanced knowledge and understanding of central questions, key concepts, and approaches in cognitive science in their historical context
* Knowledge and understanding of key notions of philosophy of science and their implications for cognitive science
* Ability to reflect upon, compare, and relate different disciplinary approaches in terms of their respective aims, key-concepts, and methods
* Ability to find, read, present, and discuss primary scientific literature
* Ability to sharpen/focus/channel analytical and critical thinking
* Ability to reflect upon personal competences and develop individual motivation and interests
* Ability to use the arguments, concepts, and models provided to express an opinion and apply them to a concrete research question


Introductory article
P. Thagard, Cognitive Science. In: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Fall 2014 Edition, Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

more literature will be announced in first session

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 11.05.2023 11:27