EXPHIL03E - Examen philosophicum - English option
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Please note that there are changes to both teaching and examination for this course effective from autumn 2017.
The subject consists of two main parts: Exphil I – History of philosophy and science, and Exphil II – Ethics.
Exphil I combines themes from the history of philosophy and the history of science in order to highlight important issues in the complex development of contemporary rational and scientific ideas. The students are introduced to some of the seminal thinkers from the important epochs which have shaped modern western civilisation.
Exphil II provides a systematic introduction to ethics. Meta-ethics, ethical theories and applied ethics in their comtemporary forms are presented.
In both these main parts the curriculum is presented partly through the original writings of philosophers and scientists and partly through commentaries.
The focus on key original texts should improve the student’s ability to take an appreciative and at the same time critical stand towards important features of western philosophy and science. Through the writing of essays, the student is encouraged to reflect upon basic ethical, philosophical and scientific problems.
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Recommended previous knowledge
A good ability to read and understand English is required for this course.
10 credits overlap with EXPHIL03 - Examen philosophicum
This course has the form of lectures combined with seminary classes. There are a total of 20 lectures, for the most part twice a week for 10 weeks. The lectures are open and attendance is voluntary but highly recommended. The seminary classes require registration. Seminary classes meet every second week, for at total of seven classes. Participation in the first five seminary classes is compulsory, and students are expected to participate actively during classes.
You will be asked to submit two assignments, and the first one of these is compulsory. Your teacher will give written feedback on this assignment. Handing in the second assignment is voluntary, but recommended.
Compulsory tuition activities
- Attendance the first five out of seven seminary classes
- Submission and approval of the first of two written assignments
Approved compulsory tuition activities are prerequisites for being allowed to sit for the final examination. In this course, all compulsory activities must be completed and approved the same semester you wish to sit for the exam. In the event of illness, the same rules apply as regarding non-attendance at an examination. This means that you must submit documentation showing that your illness has prevented you from participation in the activity in question. This documentation must be received by the department, IFIKK, not later than three business days after your absence / the deadline for submission of your assignment. If you are prevented by illness from handing in an assignment, we also ask you to contact us before the deadline.
The examination consist of two parts:
- Final submission of an assignment based on the two written assignments submitted during the semester
- A two hour home examination
The assignment counts 60% and the home examination 40% towards the final grade. To have a final pass grade on the course, you must have a pass grade on both the assignment and the home examination.
Students who do not have all their compulsory teaching activities approved, may apply for transfer to a single, 4-hour written examination. The deadline for this will be one week before the deadline for withdrawing from the examination. Please see the semester page.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Withdrawal from an examination
Please refer to the semester pages for the deadline for withdrawal from the examination.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.