Tentative Course Offerings

These are tentative schedules. Classes and/or instructors may change or be canceled. Please consult the official Schedule of Classes on TritonLink each quarter.

Featured Courses

Cogs 200: Cognitive Science Seminar - Fall 2019

COGS 200: Cognitive Science Seminar | Staff

This seminar emphasizes the conceptual basis of cognitive science, including representation, processing mechanisms, language, and the role of interaction among individuals, culture, and the environment. Current developments in each field are considered as they relate to issues in cognitive science.

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: Seminar on Special Topics - Fall 2019

COGS 260 (A00): Crowdsourcing | Professor Steven Dow 


COGS 260 (B00): Interacting Like a Human Being | Professor Federico Rossano

In recent years the psychological processes underlying cooperation and communication have received considerable attention both from a developmental and a comparative, evolutionary perspective. Experimental studies have shown that several group-living primate species are able to coordinate their actions flexibly in cooperative problem-solving tasks by either carrying out identical or complementary actions to achieve their objectives. Similarly, recent research on the evolutionary roots of language has highlighted both the complexity of primate communication and its difference from human communication. Simultaneously, scholars investigating human sociality from a sociological, anthropological and linguistic perspective have begun to uncover different layers of order in terms of structure, timing, sequential and pragmatically consequential unfolding of social interaction in adult human beings. In this seminar we will read papers from these very diverse lines of research to better understand the key building blocks of human sociality and we will discuss how we can systematically investigate what it means to interact “like a human being”.


COGS 260 (C00): The 4E’s plus: Embodied, Enactive, Embedded and Extended ... | Professor David Kirsh

This course is an exploration of recent rebellions against a classical view of mind that still, in many respects, dominates cognitive science. The mind, for most of the field, is assumed to be implemented entirely in the CNS, it is essentially an information processing organ, it creates representations in a neural code that regularly correlate with a shared world of jointly perceivable attributes, objects, processes and things. Sometimes these neural encodings are well described as rule governed, sometimes rules are unhelpful and neural net models are preferred. Regardless, the cognitive system is still seen as functionally organized with major components solving core informational problems such as seeing or perceiving scenes, identifying what or who is where, understanding and generating language, social cognition, planning and reasoning, predicting future states of the environment, and legions of other functions like facial recognition that we regard as central to being human.


COGS 260 (D00): Cognitive Science Graduate Bootcamp | Professor Doug Nitz

For incoming doctoral students in cognitive science. During the first two weeks in September, students commit to ten to fifteen hours per day in lectures and workshops on the history of cognitive science, language and culture, machine learning and neural computation, neuroscience, design and human-computer interaction, programming and statistics, data science, ethnography, and clinical aspects of cognition. Students will attend weekly seminars during fall quarter. S/U grades and 2 units only. Prerequisites: graduate (PhD) standing only; for students in the following major code CG75.

Course Pre-Authorizations

All COGS course pre-authorizations and prerequisite override requests must be made through the UC San Diego Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).