COGM101 Foundations of Cognitive Science

Annotation:

The aim of the course is to acquaint the students with the main assumptions, methods and research programs that define contemporary cognitive science as an interdisciplinary field of study.

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Cognitive Science (in English)

Lecturers:

Prof. Lilia Gurova, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Prof. Maurice Grinberg, PhD
Asst. Prof. Armine Janyan, PhD
Asst. Prof. Ivo Popivanov, PhD
Asst. Margarita Pavlova, PhD

Course Description:

Competencies:

On completion of the course students:

1) should know:

- the foundational ideas that define the subject of cognitive science;

- the main approaches to, and achievements in, the study of perception, action, memory, reasoning, concepts, language, consciousness and emotions;

- the current and emerging new research programs in the field.

2) should be capable:

- to critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and research programs in the study of cognition.


Prerequisites:
Proficiency in English at level В2.

Types:
Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:
Lecture

Language of teaching:
English

Topics:

Bibliography:

A/ Main book

Frankish, K., Ramsey, W. (Eds.) (2012). The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

B/ Additional readings

Gardner, H. (1985). The Mind’s New Science. A History of the Cognitive Revolution. New York: Basic Books.

Topics in Cognitive Science. Vol.2, No3, 2010.

Wilson, R., Keil, F. C. (Eds.) (1999). The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Assessment:

Grading Procedure:

20% - participation in group discussions;

40% - an essay about an important contribution to cognitive science made in the last 30 years (1500-2000 words);

40% - a 30 min ppt presentation on one of the topics 2-15.