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Course module: BMB501016
BMB501016
Philosophy of Neuroscience
Course info
Course codeBMB501016
ECTS Credits5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Neuroscience and Cognition;
Contact personprof. J. van Honk
Telephone+313025344281
E-mailJ.vanHonk@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
prof. J. van Honk
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P4_A  (25/04/2022 to 03/07/2022)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P4_A
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkPeriod 4: 30 May- June 2022, exact enddate tba. Max 25 per edition. Apply via Osiris Student.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/01/2022 up to and including 27/02/2022
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 04/04/2022 up to and including 05/04/2022
Waiting listYes
Aims
After completing the course the student:
  1. has knowledge of the history of neuroscience starting from the early beginnings with Aristotle;
  2. Knows the basics of the philosophy of science and especially the philosophy of neuroscience;
  3. Is able to analyse scientific literature according to the rigorous principles of philosophy of science (Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos);
  4. understands the conceptual and methodological problems of neuroscience;
  5. can use the above knowledge in the writing of assignments/papers on the philosophy of neuroscience in such a way that is strengthens creativity and scientific argumentation.
Content
Period (from - till): Period 4: 30 May 2022 - June 2022, exact enddate tba.

Course description
This course is offers compact, rigorous and practical journey in the philosophy of neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, philosophy, cognition and mind. Philosophy of neuroscience explores the relevance of neuroscientific studies in the fields of cognition, emotion, consciousness and philosophy of mind, by applying the conceptual rigor and methods of philosophy of science. The teaching will start with the basics of philosophy of science including the work of Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend, and use a methodological evaluation scheme developed from this work that allows rigorous evaluating neuroscientific
research as science or pseudoscience. Furthermore, there will be attention for the historical routes of neuroscience starting with Aristotle, and the conceptual problems in neuroscience, methodological confusions in neuroscience, dualism and fysicalism. The main aim of the course is provide wide-ranging understanding of the significance, strengths and weaknesses of fields of neuroscience, which helps in critical thinking, creativity, methodological precision and scientific writing.

Literature/study material used
Book Chapters and Articles on Neurophilosophy and Philosophy of Neuro(science).

Registration
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. Max. 25 students per edition.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes
Competencies
-
Entry requirements
-
Required materials
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Instructional formats
Individual assignment

Lecture

Paper

Private-study

Seminar

Tests
Active participation
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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