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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-5 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

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Welcome to this amazing course on the nature of emotions. You’ll see that emotions are everywhere. They are the true meaning of our lives and guide us all throughout our daily actions. There is a lot to discuss, to think about, to discover about them! Six weeks for a Course, one Course for new Knowledge!...
1 video (Total 4 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Welcome, Learners!10m
Course format10m
1 hour to complete

Where do emotions come from?

At the very beginning of this course we will look at the basic definitions and concepts related to the emotional events. At the same time we will introduce basic philosophical ideas in order to make possible the understanding of the nature of emotional values....
5 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
The ABC of emotional processes6m
Why do emotions exist and how many living entities have emotions?11m
How did emotions evolve?8m
Where do emotions happen?9m
1 reading
Week 1 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
L1A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L1B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
1 hour to complete

How many emotions do exist?

After the clarification about the different aspects we can find in emotional analysis, we will look at the number and type of different emotions. There are several theories about their number, and all of them also contain a way to understand how emotions emerged and evolved. The debate will be fun!...
5 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
A taxonomy of emotions7m
The geography of emotions: Guilt vs Shame cultures8m
Aware: attention, data selection and the aesthetical feeling of ahness6m
L2.5. No pain, no gain? The modulatory nature of emotions7m
1 reading
Week 2 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
L2A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L2B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
1 hour to complete

What does a plant feel?

Not only humans do have emotions. Other mammals have also them. And even insects. But do plants have emotions? Even bacteria, a so small entity, have also these emotional mechanisms. An evolutionary reconstruction will understand to understand how emotions are spread among living entities....
5 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Animal emotion8m
The qualia problem10m
Conscious vs Unconscious emotions6m
Ghost and chronic emotions6m
1 reading
Week 3 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
L3A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L3B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
1 hour to complete

A neuroanthropological approach to emotions: from neurons to societies

Emotions regulate several key aspects of our life. But they are fundamental for social cohesion. Cooperation or altruism are fundamental aspects of human socialization that must be understood from an emotional perspective. Neurons will show the path to the creation of societies....
5 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Emotions without brains?9m
Emotions, empathy and ethics: neuroethical challenges7m
The moral control of the emotional mind11m
The social management of emotions8m
1 reading
Week 4 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
L4A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L4B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
1 hour to complete

The philosophies on emotions

There are plenty of historical debates on the nature and role of emotions into philosophical spaces. Usually, this approach is made studying at Western thinkers, but we will also include Eastern ones. Therefore, we will analyse how most important philosophical traditions have understood and explain the role of emotions. [Spoiler: they always said they were BAD!]....
5 videos (Total 43 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
The classic Eastern debates on the nature of emotions9m
The methodological debates on emotions across history9m
The transdisciplinarity of emotional studies: an epistemological gap6m
Damasio’s success and Descartes’s error, the new fashion (or trend?)6m
1 reading
Week 5 Overview10m
2 practice exercises
L5A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L5B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
4 hours to complete

21st Century & emotions: affective computing and sociable robots

At the end of this course we will look on how emotions are displayed into new technological frameworks: social networks, mass media,…but we will think about how emotions are implemented into robots or computers. A new technological era come to us, with the same necessities of all previous ones: emotional. Machines will be emotional, if we want they be really smart, autonomous, and efficient....
5 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Emotional Architectures6m
Affective computing6m
Social robotics and HRI8m
Emotional machines and singularity?9m
1 reading
Week 6 Overview10m
3 practice exercises
L6A Exam - Lessons/Videos20m
L6B Exam - Reading and External Video8m
Get the distinction30m
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By TCAug 5th 2016

Love this course. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand emotions. Jordi, I can't wait to do your next course.

By BSAug 19th 2017

excellent class, truly unique and mind expanding, do it again!



Jordi Vallverdú

Professor Dr.
Philosophy Department

About Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a public university located in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. International in its outlook, it is fully consolidated within its local surroundings, and offers quality education in close association with research activity, the transfer of scientific, technological, cultural and educational knowledge, the promotion of its human potential and the responsible management of available resources. The UAB currently offers 81 degrees, 130 official Master Programmes and 183 UAB-specific Masters Degrees. In addition, it offers 174 lifelong learning programmes and 65 PhD Programmes, 27 of which have been distinguished through Quality Awards. The UAB has a total of over 3,500 teaching and research staff, over 2,000 administrative staff and over 40,000 students....

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