B37
Course Coordinator: 
Tom Froese
Introduction to embodied cognitive science
Description: 

A student-centered introduction to the recent developments in embodied cognitive science. The course will be interactive with half of the classes focused on group-based discussions. These will permit students to collaboratively articulate the key issues for a broad range of themes. They are expected to reflect on these discussions and additional supplied reading material by formulating a question, which will then become the focus of a follow-up lecture dedicated to that theme. Students will be required to write an essay as part of this course, which will give them an opportunity to reflect upon how the latest ideas about how the mind works might relate to their own research.

Aim: 
At the end of this course, students will be able to: describe the scope and interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science; identify the main theoretical trends emerging in embodied cognitive science; articulate the key differences between an embodied perspective compared to the traditional stance; formulate the open problems and challenges that embodied cognitive science aims to address.
Course Content: 

1) What is cognition?
2) What is embodiment?
3) What are the methods of embodied cognitive science?
4) Why is sensorimotor interaction important?
5) What is agency?
6) What is change (in life and mind)?
7) Why is social interaction important?
8) Why is cultural interaction important?
9) What is technology (in life and mind)?
10) Of bodies and brains
11) What is consciousness?
12) What is health?

Course Type: 
Elective
Credits: 
2
Assessment: 
1) attendance (15%) 2) sending in a question each week (15%) 3) submitting a final essay of 5000 words (70%)
Reference Book: 
No materials required; but reading the first 4 introductory chapters of de Haan’s book Enactive Psychiatry could be helpful to deepen learning.
Prior Knowledge: 

Due to the highly interactive and group-based nature of the course, the number of students is limited to 9 and preference will be given to students with a background in one of the disciplines that form the cognitive sciences.