Current Issues in Cognitive Science (C8807)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module will familiarise you with topics at the leading edge of scientific and philosophical progress in cognitive science.

It will provide insights into the range of methods used to research those topics and the theories behind those methods, in a way that builds upon issues covered in previous modules on the cognitive science pathway.

Topics vary from year to year, and are sometimes chosen by you, but may include:

  • cognitive neuroscientific investigations of the self
  • models of schizophrenia
  • integrated information theories of consciousness
  • the explanatory power of mirror neurons
  • individuating the senses and sensory augmentation
  • theories and architectures of emotion and affect
  • folk psychology as theory, simulation and narrative practice


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: