Current Course Offerings

COGS Course Offerings 2018-2019

Fall 2018 COGS Seminar Courses

COGS 200 (Section 946068) : Social Impacts of Cognitive and Information Sciences | Staff

As cognitive scientists, we study the mind, information and society -- but as cognitive scientists, we also have a hand in shaping how our minds, information and societies work! In this COGS200 series, we will learn how developments in fields such as AI, data science, design, ethnography, neuroscience, psychology and robotics affect the world we live in. In order to do this, we will hear from speakers from across the cognitive sciences talk about pressing issues such as detecting bots on social media or how cognitive linguistics can be applied to public policy. However, to better contextualize our own work, we will also be recruiting top-notch speakers from fields such as science studies, sociology and history to understand topics such as the past and future of ethics in fields like neuroscience or how 'design thinking' and 'data science' have become so valuable to researchers and businesses. This COGS200 series should be of interest to students from all areas of CogSci, as well as students in related fields such as anthropology, communications, CS, design, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and even history. All students enrolled for credit will be expected to attend weekly presentations (Fridays, 3:00pm - 4:20pm; open to the public) and participate actively in discussion sessions (Fridays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm).


COGS 260 B00 (Section 956628) : The Evolution of Social Cognition: Comparative Perspectives | Professor Chris Johnson

This course will investigate issues pertinent to the evolution of social cognition in humans through a review of contemporary research on, primarily, nonhuman subjects. Topics will include communication (to coordinate activity, to inform, to deceive), collaboration (including cooperation & division of labor), coordinated attention (including teaching, theory of mind & imitation), and prosociality (including helping, sharing, & the emergence of ethics), with the goal of clarifying the selective pressures that may have shaped and elaborated these adaptations in our species. Participants are expected to read and discuss the assigned literature in a once-per-week seminar, and will complete a final paper. The time and place of this seminar will be arranged to suit the participants’ schedules - the initial orientation meeting will be held on Friday Sept 28 in CSB 272.