Penn’s new Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) offers a rigorous foundation in the neuroscience of human behavior for professional and graduate students in non-science fields who are currently matriculating at the University of Pennsylvania.
Neuroscience plays an expanding role in the academic and professional world of the 21st Century. In courtrooms, classrooms, offices and homes around the world, neuroscience is giving us powerful new tools for achieving our goals and prompting a new understanding of ourselves as social, moral and spiritual beings. The proliferation of new fields bearing the suffix “neuro”— for example neuroeconomics, neurophilosophy, neuroeducation, neuroethics and neurolaw – attests to the growing relevance of neuroscience in diverse human endeavors.
SCAN is appropriate for professional students in law, business, education, and any other field in which human behavior is of central relevance and for graduate students in the humanities, social sciences and engineering who wish to understand the implications of neuroscience for their field of study. This program is not intended for students planning careers in neuroscience. Rather than training future neuroscientists, SCAN’s goal is to train future scholars and professionals in diverse fields to work knowledgably with neuroscience.
Students will take 4 courses over a period of 1-2 years, in parallel with study toward their graduate degree. The required courses provide a strong grasp of neuroscience for nonscientists, emphasizing those aspects of neuroscience that are most relevant to understanding human behavior. There will also be an annual daylong retreat.
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