Key Concepts


Course Objective

Course objectives are:
1. to identify key-concepts in neuroscience (molecular, cognitive,
clinical as well as applied neuroscience)
2. learning to analyze and address philosophical issues that are implied
in the
conceptualization of these key concepts
3. training of the verbal skills in addressing these concepts on the
working floor in discussions/interviews with

Course Content

This course consists of three 2.5 hour lectures (with discussion and
reading of literature) and a number of assignments.
The lectures (at the beginning, at mid-term, and at the end of the
course) aim at learning you to identify and
(philosophically/conceptually) analyze key-concepts in neuroscientific
research and in the translation of neuroscientific findings to clinical
and societal contexts. As a result you will learn to address
philosophical issues that are implied in the conceptualization of
neuroscientific findings.
The assignments consist of (a.o.)
- an extensive interview with an experienced researcher in the field of
neuroscience, with the aim of identifying and analyzing key concepts and
key metaphors for translation
- participation in the monthly neurophilosophy research group
- reading and (written) conceptual analysis of a relevant text with a
focus on key concepts and key metaphors for translation
- presentation, at the end of the course, of what you have learned from
the analysis of the interview, analysis of the text and discussions in
the neurophilophy research group.

Teaching Methods

- lectures
- reading of literature
- assignments
- group discussion

Method of Assessment

The final grade is based on
- Analysis of interview (30%)
- Analysis of text (30%)
- Participation in neurophilosophy research group (20%)
- Final presentation (20%)

The assignments and other contributions are evaluated
on the basis of the following points:
- Quality of the analyses: conceptual rigor and refinement; ability to
connect what has been found with broader philosophical issues and themes
- Clarity, succinctness, relevance, focus
- Quality of argumentation: are conclusions based on preceding findings
and reasonings?
- Presentation (skills, use of digital media, quality of discussion)

Entry Requirements

Meeting of general admission criteria for the program as a whole; no
additional requirements.


To be announced on Canvas

Target Audience

Research master neuroscience students and those with equal
qualifications (evaluation of these qualifications is at the discretion
of the neuroscience department of the VUmc)

General Information

Course Code W_MA_NSKC
Credits 6 EC
Period P1+2+3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G. Glas
Examiner prof. dr. G. Glas
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G. Glas

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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