UE454 - Cognitive science & society: Becoming actors of change (COGENG 303)


Lieu et planning


  • ENS-Ulm
    45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris
    1er semestre / hebdomadaire, mardi 17:00-19:00
    du 21 septembre 2021 au 11 janvier 2022


Description


Dernière modification : 18 juin 2021 14:49

Type d'UE
Enseignements fondamentaux de master
Domaine
-
Disciplines
Psychologie et sciences cognitives
Page web
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SxQ0AP9dxCytRSmpqqKeGk5C9BN_5nu7mZTmdP3zTNQ/edit 
Langues
anglais
Mots-clés
Sciences cognitives
Aires culturelles
-
Intervenant·e·s

We have seen these past few years, and particularly in early 2020, the crucial role science has for facing complex societal problems. We have learned a great deal about human cognition using fundamental science approaches. However, progress has been slow in bringing these insights into our society such as the production of goods and services (including social goods). This is likely due to a host of causes, of which we will target two common weaknesses in (cognitive) scientists: We routinely have difficulties (a) devising feasible solutions based on science knowledge; and (b) communicating with non-scientists and more broadly to a general audience. This class aims to enable cognitive science students to be agents of this change, by providing them with experiences to help them overcome these weaknesses. Students will be faced with a variety of case studies, typically led by an expert guest working on structures varied in size (from small start-ups to large industries) and goal (social change, health, technology, entertainment, etc.) Additionally, they will engage in group projects, allowing them to apply their newly gained skills in a full cycle of devising solutions, and communicating. 

Nous avons vu ces dernières années, et particulièrement au début de 2020, le rôle crucial de la science pour faire face à des problèmes de société complexes. Nous avons beaucoup appris sur la cognition humaine en utilisant des approches scientifiques fondamentales. Cependant, les progrès ont été lents à introduire ces connaissances dans notre société, comme la production de biens et de services (y compris les biens sociaux). Cela est probablement dû à une multitude de causes, dont nous ciblerons deux faiblesses courantes chez les scientifiques (cognitifs): Nous avons régulièrement des difficultés pour: (a) concevoir des solutions réalisables basé sur la connaissance scientifique; et (b) communiquer avec des non-scientifiques et plus largement au grand public. Ce cours a pour objectif de permettre aux étudiants en sciences cognitives d’être des agents de ce changement, en leur fournissant des expériences qui les aideront à surmonter ces faiblesses. Les étudiants seront confrontés à une variété d’études de cas, généralement dirigés par un expert travaillant sur des structures de tailles variées (des petites entreprises aux grandes industries) et des objectifs précis (changement social, santé, technologie, divertissement, etc.). Les étudiants participeront à des projets de groupe, leur permettant d’appliquer leurs nouvelles compétences acquises dans un cycle complet de diagnostics, d’élaboration de solutions et de communication.

 

  • Discover the diversity of the cognitive science ecosystem diversity (within and outside academia).

  • Engage in active discussion with a variety of non-scientists, working on real-world products and/or with a social mission.

  • Ask these non-scientists good questions to be able to understand  how cognitive science could be useful for a given product (including social good), to have a better impact on customers/users. 

  • Use cognitive science (knowledge and scientific method) to devise a range of possible solutions.

  • Challenge your scientific knowledge with real “product/approach daily-life” issues

  • Reflect on the feasibility of these solutions (including their implementation)

  • Produce impactful presentations and executive summaries to communicate these solutions to non-scientists

  • Learn how to convert your scientific knowledge into insights for a broader audience

  • Use project management tools and deal with timeliness

  • Work in a team in an organized, conscientious, and pragmatic manner

  • Become aware of and highlight your transferable skills (e.g., in your CV)


Master


  • Séminaires de tronc commun – Sciences cognitives – M1/S1-M2/S3
    Suivi et validation – semestriel hebdomadaire = 4 ECTS
    MCC – Participation + CC + projet

Renseignements


Contacts additionnels
nawal@risinguparis.com
Informations pratiques
-
Direction de travaux des étudiants
  • Participation (40%), including engaging in class and forum discussions. We will take into account the fact that not everyone has access to speedy internet, but do expect students to interact with each other and the lecturers (be it in person or online).

  • Homework completion (10%), which entails turning in materials on Schoology; for most weeks, these materials are shared with other members of the group, but one person will have the responsibility to take notes and upload them.

  • A class project (50%), divided into: Flash oral presentation of the problem statement (10%); final oral presentation (20%); written executive summary (20%).

 

Réception des candidats

We will (e-)meet 2 hours a week over 12 weeks. Most classes consist of discussions with a guest lecturer (1h15'). Our lecturers represent the following domains:

- Researcher who has attempted (and sometimes succeeded) in informing real-life products

- Science Communicator

- Human Resources department (corporate)

- Research & Development department (industrial)

- Research & Development department (small-medium tech)

- Startup accelerator Leader

- Leader in an Association in Social Economy

- ONG in Social Economy

Students are expected to interact with this person and with each other, in order to identify the most important problems with this product in which cognitive science can help, and discuss the feasibility of proposed solutions. 

This is followed by 45' TD each week. During this TD, a group-based class project running through the 12 weeks allows students to experiment a whole cycle of solution proposal and pruning, and communication, and includes mentoring time with the class organizers.

Note: In the context of the current sanitary crisis, we encourage physical distancing. The room is large enough to allow 10-15 students to attend in person, but anyone is welcome to attend online. Our lecturers will likely pre-record their short presentation, and this will be followed by one-on-one and group discussions (online for those participating virtually). 

Pré-requis
-

Dernière modification : 18 juin 2021 14:49

Type d'UE
Enseignements fondamentaux de master
Domaine
-
Disciplines
Psychologie et sciences cognitives
Page web
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SxQ0AP9dxCytRSmpqqKeGk5C9BN_5nu7mZTmdP3zTNQ/edit 
Langues
anglais
Mots-clés
Sciences cognitives
Aires culturelles
-
Intervenant·e·s

We have seen these past few years, and particularly in early 2020, the crucial role science has for facing complex societal problems. We have learned a great deal about human cognition using fundamental science approaches. However, progress has been slow in bringing these insights into our society such as the production of goods and services (including social goods). This is likely due to a host of causes, of which we will target two common weaknesses in (cognitive) scientists: We routinely have difficulties (a) devising feasible solutions based on science knowledge; and (b) communicating with non-scientists and more broadly to a general audience. This class aims to enable cognitive science students to be agents of this change, by providing them with experiences to help them overcome these weaknesses. Students will be faced with a variety of case studies, typically led by an expert guest working on structures varied in size (from small start-ups to large industries) and goal (social change, health, technology, entertainment, etc.) Additionally, they will engage in group projects, allowing them to apply their newly gained skills in a full cycle of devising solutions, and communicating. 

Nous avons vu ces dernières années, et particulièrement au début de 2020, le rôle crucial de la science pour faire face à des problèmes de société complexes. Nous avons beaucoup appris sur la cognition humaine en utilisant des approches scientifiques fondamentales. Cependant, les progrès ont été lents à introduire ces connaissances dans notre société, comme la production de biens et de services (y compris les biens sociaux). Cela est probablement dû à une multitude de causes, dont nous ciblerons deux faiblesses courantes chez les scientifiques (cognitifs): Nous avons régulièrement des difficultés pour: (a) concevoir des solutions réalisables basé sur la connaissance scientifique; et (b) communiquer avec des non-scientifiques et plus largement au grand public. Ce cours a pour objectif de permettre aux étudiants en sciences cognitives d’être des agents de ce changement, en leur fournissant des expériences qui les aideront à surmonter ces faiblesses. Les étudiants seront confrontés à une variété d’études de cas, généralement dirigés par un expert travaillant sur des structures de tailles variées (des petites entreprises aux grandes industries) et des objectifs précis (changement social, santé, technologie, divertissement, etc.). Les étudiants participeront à des projets de groupe, leur permettant d’appliquer leurs nouvelles compétences acquises dans un cycle complet de diagnostics, d’élaboration de solutions et de communication.

 

  • Discover the diversity of the cognitive science ecosystem diversity (within and outside academia).

  • Engage in active discussion with a variety of non-scientists, working on real-world products and/or with a social mission.

  • Ask these non-scientists good questions to be able to understand  how cognitive science could be useful for a given product (including social good), to have a better impact on customers/users. 

  • Use cognitive science (knowledge and scientific method) to devise a range of possible solutions.

  • Challenge your scientific knowledge with real “product/approach daily-life” issues

  • Reflect on the feasibility of these solutions (including their implementation)

  • Produce impactful presentations and executive summaries to communicate these solutions to non-scientists

  • Learn how to convert your scientific knowledge into insights for a broader audience

  • Use project management tools and deal with timeliness

  • Work in a team in an organized, conscientious, and pragmatic manner

  • Become aware of and highlight your transferable skills (e.g., in your CV)

  • Séminaires de tronc commun – Sciences cognitives – M1/S1-M2/S3
    Suivi et validation – semestriel hebdomadaire = 4 ECTS
    MCC – Participation + CC + projet
Contacts additionnels
nawal@risinguparis.com
Informations pratiques
-
Direction de travaux des étudiants
  • Participation (40%), including engaging in class and forum discussions. We will take into account the fact that not everyone has access to speedy internet, but do expect students to interact with each other and the lecturers (be it in person or online).

  • Homework completion (10%), which entails turning in materials on Schoology; for most weeks, these materials are shared with other members of the group, but one person will have the responsibility to take notes and upload them.

  • A class project (50%), divided into: Flash oral presentation of the problem statement (10%); final oral presentation (20%); written executive summary (20%).

 

Réception des candidats

We will (e-)meet 2 hours a week over 12 weeks. Most classes consist of discussions with a guest lecturer (1h15'). Our lecturers represent the following domains:

- Researcher who has attempted (and sometimes succeeded) in informing real-life products

- Science Communicator

- Human Resources department (corporate)

- Research & Development department (industrial)

- Research & Development department (small-medium tech)

- Startup accelerator Leader

- Leader in an Association in Social Economy

- ONG in Social Economy

Students are expected to interact with this person and with each other, in order to identify the most important problems with this product in which cognitive science can help, and discuss the feasibility of proposed solutions. 

This is followed by 45' TD each week. During this TD, a group-based class project running through the 12 weeks allows students to experiment a whole cycle of solution proposal and pruning, and communication, and includes mentoring time with the class organizers.

Note: In the context of the current sanitary crisis, we encourage physical distancing. The room is large enough to allow 10-15 students to attend in person, but anyone is welcome to attend online. Our lecturers will likely pre-record their short presentation, and this will be followed by one-on-one and group discussions (online for those participating virtually). 

Pré-requis
-
  • ENS-Ulm
    45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris
    1er semestre / hebdomadaire, mardi 17:00-19:00
    du 21 septembre 2021 au 11 janvier 2022