School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Philosophy and Cognitive Science

(BA) Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Entry for 2013

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The aims of the Philosophy course are to:
1. Bring the student to a critical understanding of the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings, both as living argument and as a challenge to contemporary modes of thinking.
2. Familiarise the student with some central theories and arguments in the fields of Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy, or Social and Political Philosophy broadly understood.
3. Enable the student to critically engage in major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.
4. Enable the student to identify and produce valid arguments, and to show knowledge of classic argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

The aims of the Cognitive Science course are:
1. To understand Cognitive Science, i.e. the nexus of ideas in the intersection of artificial intelligence, philosophy, linguistics and psychology, dealing with aspects of the mind and with modelling and explaining them in computational terms.
2. To explore the nature of abilities and processes such as memory, communication, perception, reasoning, problem-solving and creativity, and to provide an understanding of the fundamental debate about the nature of consciousness.sness.

Course learning outcomes

Familiarity with the range of philosophical problems together with a sense of how variously they have been interpreted and treated throughout the history of philosophy.

Familiarity with and understanding of classical argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal ideas of at least one and up to three major philosophers through the study of original texts, albeit in translation in most cases.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal theories in at least one and up to three fundamental fields of philosophy.

An appreciation of the nature and range of philosophical debate and of philosophy as itself a philosophical problem.

Philosophical skills including detecting fallacies in arguments; articulacy in identifying underlying issues in debate; precision of thought and expression in analyzing complex problems; sensitivity in interpretation of texts; the ability to use philosophical terminology; ability to abstract and analyze arguments.

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCognitive Science 1: The Ghost in the Machine (G5077)154
  CoreParadox and Argument (V7079)154
  OptionCognition in Clinical Contexts (C8508)154
  Introduction to Programming (G5066)154
  Reading Philosophy (V7063)154
  Science and Reason (V7080)154
  Truth and Morality: The Meaning of Life (V7087)154
 Spring SemesterCoreEarly Modern Philosophy (V7071)154
  OptionContemporary Issues in Psychology (C8846)154
  Existentialism (V7084)154
  Logic and Meaning (V7081)154
  Neuroscience and Behaviour (C1087)154
  Principles of Cognitive Science (G5118)154
  Psychobiology (C8003)154
  Society, State and Humanity (V7064)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreKant (V7059)155
  OptionBrain and Behaviour (C8518)155
  Cognitive Psychology (C8551)155
  Epistemology (V7061)155
  Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science (C8808)155
  Philosophy of Mind (V7078)155
  Philosophy of Religion (V7069)155
  Plato (V5015)155
  Principles of Neuroscience (C1016)155
 Spring SemesterOptionAbnormal and Clinical Psychology (C8512)155
  Aesthetics (V5019)155
  Developmental Psychology (C8546)155
  Feminist Philosophy (V7085)155
  Neural Circuits (C1098)155
  Perception and Reality (V7082)155
  Phenomenology (V5004)155
  Philosophy and Science of Consciousness (C8893)155
  Philosophy of Science (V7076)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionEthics (V7077)306
  Human-Computer Interaction (G5026)156
  Intelligence in Animals and Machines (C1118)156
  Islamic Philosophy (V7089)306
  Metaphysics (V7086)306
  Modern European Philosophy (V7066)306
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)306
  Social Cognitive Development (C8045)156
  Topics in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (G5122)156
 Spring SemesterOptionCurrent Issues in Cognitive Science (C8807)156
  Development of the Nervous System (C1115)156
  Emotional Disorders and Development: The role of affective processing and self-focus (C8100)156
  Figures in Analytic Philosophy (V7072)306
  Figures in Classical Philosophy (V7073)306
  Figures in Post-Kantian Philosophy (V7074)306
  Figures in Social and Political Philosophy (V7075)306
  Language, Truth and Literature (Q3020)306
  Psychobiology of Cognitive Ageing and Dementia (C8833)156
  Structure and Function in the Brain (C7143)156

Course convenors

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Michael Morris
Professor of Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 678247

About your joint honours course

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