Evolutionary Cognition, 6 credits

Evolutionär kognition, 6 hp

729A68

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course

Examiner

Fredrik Stjernberg

Course coordinator

Fredrik Stjernberg
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MKS Master Programme in Cognitive Science 1 (Autumn 2021) 202144-202202 Swedish Linköping E
F7MKS Master Programme in Cognitive Science 3 (Autumn 2021) 202144-202202 Swedish Linköping E

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1N

Course offered for

  • Master Programme in Cognitive Science

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen
    or
    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen
    and
    30 ECTS credits in one of the following subject areas
    - Psychology
    - Linguistics
    - Philosophy
    - Neuroscience
    - Anthropology
    or
    Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology of Neuroscience equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen
    30 ECTS credits passed in Computer Science
     
  • English and Swedish corresponding to the level of English and Swedish in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6 and Svenska 3)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • apply the most important concepts and the perspectives that are used in the study of cognition from an evolutionary perspective
  • be familiar with central research results in the area,
  • explain how these theories are linked to basic conceptions of the human cognition as at least partly a product of evolutionary factors
  • account for how such a perspective may have relevance for other disciplines within the cognitive science field, such as philosophy, linguistics, psychology and neuroscience.

Course content

Consciousness and cognition can be studied in several different ways. Cognition can be studied as a structural phenomenon:

  • how is cognition disposed? Cognition can be studied as a formal phenomenon: according to what rules does the cognitive system operate? Cognition can be studied from an implementation perspective
  • How does the brain work to be able to read cognitive information?

This course studies cognition from an evolutionary perspective

  • If our basis is that the natural cognitive systems (for example human cognition) we see around us today are the results of an evolutionary development, what are the consequences for our understanding of cognition?


The course will therefore begin with a shorter overview of the theory of evolution, to then specialise in what relevance an evolutionary perspective may have on the understanding of human cognition. In the course, we will study the cognition of other species, which means that questions about the cognitive abilities (and inabilities) of animals will be relevant. We will also have a comparative perspective on human cognition, which, for example, means that anthropological and archaeological results will be studied. The question if the evolutionary perspective has any direct relevance for different philosophic theories about the consciousness will also be addressed.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching takes the form of lectures and compulsory seminars. Part of the teaching may take place as distance education.

Examination

The course is examined through oral assignments that are presented in seminars, written assignments and a written examination. The seminars are compulsory and constitute part of the examination. Active participation in the seminars is required. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXAM Examination 6 credits U, G, VG
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