Outline for distance course:
Web-based course with no physical meetings. The course consists of recorded web lectures that are available throughout the course. To view the lectures, a computer with internet connection is required. Contact with teachers and fellow students is mainly done through forums on the course web page. The examination consists of a short essay in the subject of neuroethics.
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Application fee: SEK 900
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About the course
Different types of neuroethical issues will be discussed during the course. The course focuses both on applied neuroethics, i.e. ethical questions that arise from neuroscientific or neurotechnological advances; and on fundamental neuroethics, i.e. questions concerning how knowledge of the brain's functional architecture and its evolution can deepen our understanding of human thought, including moral thought and judgment. The course also includes clinical perspectives, e.g. to what extent a patient with a neuro-degenerative disorder suffers from reduced capacity for decision-making, or reduced autonomy, or when a person with dementia can give an informed consent to participate in scientific studies.
Lectures feature prominent researchers in neuroscience and philosophy:
Jean-Pierre Changeux: "Neuroscience of the arts"
Stanislas Dehaene: "Human brain mechanisms of subliminal processing and conscious access"
Etienne Koechlin: "Decision-making, executive control and the prefrontal cortex"
Hugo Lagercrantz: "The making of the new-born brain: genetic, epigenetic and environmental mechanisms"
Patricia Kuhl: "The Dawn of the Enlightened Brain - the scientist in the crib"
Kathinka Evers: "Neuroethics"; "The neural basis of morality"; and "Free will and personal responsibility in the wake of neuroscience"
Kai Kaila: "In Search for consciousness"
Dan Larhammar: "The neural basis of religious experience"
Maria Lindau: "Neuropsychological assessment of dementia"