Course Calendar

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 160s: Seminars in Special Topics - Spring 2019

COGS 160 (A00): Communication in Infancy | Professor Gedeon Deák

This course is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. 
Prerequisites: GPA of 3.3 or better; commitment to this COGS 160 for 3-quarters; permission of instructor based on interview and availability. 

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COGS 160 (B00): Biological Enculturation | Professor Rafael Núñez

In this seminar we will explore how human biology and culture —often seen as separate— have interacted over evolutionary and historical time in rich and complex ways. Informed by findings in the sciences of the mind and anthropogeny (the study of human origins), special emphasis will be put on how cultural practices and traits such as cooking, animal domestication, writing technology, art, and mathematics, have actually affected and modified the very biological phenomena that made us the animal we are: from anatomical features to the immune system, from the genome to the brain.
Prerequisites: upper-division standing

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COGS 160 (C00): TBA | Professor Federico Rossano

Topics, prerequisites, and enrollment instructions TBA 

COGS 200: Cognitive Science Seminar - Spring 2019

COGS 200: Data Practices (in the 21st Century) | Professor Gary Cottrell

Scientific practice generally relies upon some kind of data. “Data” are collected through various means, transformed and pre-processed (e.g. “cleaned”), analyzed (e.g. through statistical inference, qualitative analysis, etc.), interpreted (usually with respect to some theoretical framework or paradigm), and sometimes even made publicly available. This seminar will explore the ethical concerns that arise at every step in the process of data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and deployment.

DSGN 119: Design at Large Seminar - Spring 2019

DSGN 119: Design at Large (course information

New societal challenges, cultural values, and technological opportunities are changing design, and vice versa. The seminar explores this increased scale, real-world engagement, and disruptive impact. Invited speakers from UC San Diego and beyond share cutting-edge research on interaction, design, and learning. 2 units. P/NP grades only.  Meets Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm in EBU3B 1202.

Prerequisites: upper-division standing

COGS 143 + 184 (GS): The Origins of Mind (Scotland) - Summer Session 1 2019

St. Andrews, Scotland - Global Seminar

COGS 143GS: Animal Cognition | Professor Christine Johnson

Review of historical perspectives: introspectionist, behaviorist, and cognitivist models. Examination of how perceptual and motor constraints and ecological demands yield species-specific differences in cognitive repertoire. Contemporary issues in the comparative study of the evolution of human cognition. 

Prerequisites: Upper-Division Standing

COGS 184GS: Modeling the Evolution of Cognition | Professor Christine Johnson

This interdisciplinary course integrates data on evolutionary theory, hominid prehistory, primate behavior, comparative neuro-anatomy, cognitive development, and collaboration. After lectures, readings, discussions, and Museum of Man tour, students generate a detailed timeline of five million years of human cognitive evolution.

Prerequisites: COGS 17, or 107A, or 107B, or 107C.

COGS 171 + 174 (GS): Social Cognition and Drugs (Australia) - Summer Session 2 2019

Sydney, Australia - Global Seminar

COGS 171GS: Mirror Neurons and Social Cognition (course information) | Professor Jaime Pineda

This class will examine the neuroanatomy, physiology, and functional correlates of the human mirror neuron system and its putative role in social cognition, e.g., action understanding, empathy, and theory of mind. We will examine the developmental, neuroimaging, electrophysiological, as well as clinical evidence, for and against this hypothesis. 

Prerequisites: Upper-Division Standing.

COGS 174GS: Drugs: Brain, Mind, and Culture (course information) | Professor Jaime Pineda

This course explores how drugs interact with the brain/mind and culture. It covers evolutionary and historical perspectives, brain chemistry, pharmacology, expectancies and placebo effects, and models of addiction. It also provides a biopsychosocial survey of commonly used and abused substances.

Prerequisites: Upper-Division Standing.

Course Pre-Authorizations

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