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180146 SE Introduction to Cognitive Science II: Key Topics in Cognitive Science (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

Preparation Meeting: Mo 2. März 2020, 11:00
HS 2i d. Inst. f. Philosophie, NIG, 2. Stock

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 02.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 09.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 23.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 30.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 20.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 27.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 04.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien

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Aims, contents and method of the course

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.)

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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).

Examination topics

* 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

Reading list

Introductory article
P. Thagard, Cognitive Science. In: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Fall 2014 Edition, Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2014/entries/cognitive-science/

more literature will be announced in first session

Association in the course directory

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