Key Concepts

2018-2019
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Doel vak

Introduction into key-concepts in neuroscience (molecular, cognitive,
clinical as well as applied neuroscience) from a philosophical
perspective. To address the philosophical issues that are implied in the
conceptualization of key topics in neuroscience.

Inhoud vak

This course gives an introduction into key-concepts in neuroscience
(molecular, cognitive, clinical as well as applied neuroscience) from a
philosophical perspective. The aim is to give the student an impression
of the philosophical issues that are implied in the conceptualization of
key topics in neuroscience. We will mainly work from the inside out,
i.e, by starting within neuroscience itself, by analyzing relevant texts
(in text books or review articles), talks, and images/schemes; and by
elucidating philosophical questions that are related to the key-concepts
that will be identified. Topics to be covered are 'the brain' (system,
network, machine?), gene (what 'is' a gene), learning and memory,
sensation, perception, consciousness, rationality and freedom.

Onderwijsvorm

- lectures
- study of literature
- assignments
- group discussion

Toetsvorm

- Assignments + other contributions in class (50%)
- Final presentation (50%)

The assignments and other contributions in the classroom are evaluated
on the basis of the following points:
- Overall quality of summaries (clarity, succinctness, focus)
- Philosophical relevance (questions, remarks)
- Presentation (skills, use of digital media, quality of discussion)

The final presentation is assessed on the basis of the following points:
- Clarity of research question/topic
- Clear description of the way the question/topic is methodically
approached
- Relevant, succinct and focused summary of findings and arguments
- Quality of the argumentation
- Is the conclusion based on the preceding findings and reasonings?

Vereiste voorkennis

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

Literatuur

To be announced on Canvas

Doelgroep

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

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_MA_NSKC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. G. Glas
Examinator prof. dr. G. Glas
Docenten prof. dr. G. Glas

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