AP/COGS4901 6.0 A: Honours Seminar in Cognitive Science

Offered by: COGS


Fall 2019






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

This course is the capstone for students in the cognitive science honours BA program. Students will obtain a greater understanding of the work that cognitive scientists do, and how the theoretical background can be implemented in solving real-world problems and uncovering additional facts about the world. Students will be expected to produce a major work in cognitive science as well as demonstrate their knowledge of the applications of cognition science to many different areas of academia and industry. Note: Students must be Cognitive Science majors and have successfully completed a minimum of 84 credits in total Course credit exclusion: AP/COGS 4900 6.00 (prior to Fall 2010).

Course Website

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Professor Jacob Beck


Office Location:  S439 Ross

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 22582

Office Hours:  TBA

    Expanded Course Description

This capstone seminar for students in their final year of the COGS Honours BA program aims to deepen students’ understanding of important issues in cognitive science and the interdisciplinary methods that are used to address them.  We will approach this end in two ways.  First, as a class we will discuss a range of readings that address important and controversial issues in contemporary cognitive science.  Second, each student will pursue a specific controversy of his or her own choosing, produce a substantial, original, interdisciplinary research paper that attempts to resolve it, and present his or her findings to the class.

    Required Course Text / Readings

Readings will be made available online through Moodle.

    Weighting of Course
  1. Attendance and participation, including response papers  25%
  2. Research Summaries 10%
  3. Research Paper 25%
  4. Revised Research Paper 25%
  5. Presentations 15%
    Organization of the Course

Weekly seminar meeting (3 hours).

    Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and evaluate some of the major contemporary controversies within cognitive science and critically analyze them.
  2. Understand the main methodologies and approaches adopted by the disciplines of cognitive science, and be able to relate them to one another and compare their results.
  3. Conduct a literature review concerning some topic in current cognitive science research involving two or more disciplines within cognitive science.
  4. Conduct their own original research in cognitive science and present the results of their research.
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