FIL4300 – Ethics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course consists of an in-depth study of a central problem within a field of moral philosophy – metaethics, normative ethics or applied ethics. Which problem the course focuses on may vary from one semester to another. Particular emphasis will be given to in- depth study, active reading, analysis and critical examination of texts. Certain semesters it might be relevant to analyze the connection between ethics and political philosophy.
After having completed the course you are expected to
- have good knowledge of the core texts for the course
- be able to acquire knowledge of and critically relate to the latest research contributions within the topic of the course
- be able to discuss the problems addressed in the course in a critical and professional manner, both orally and in writing
- be able to write an essay of about 10 pages answering a precise question in such a way that the essay has a clear and self-developed argumentative structure and demonstrates an updated acquaintance of the field
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Requires admission to the Philosophy (master's two years).
10 credits overlap with FIL4320 – Ethics with long essay
13 double sessions with seminars and one day with optional visit to NMBU. Active participation in class is expected. The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:
- An obligatory draft of the term paper
- Mandatory presence at the seminars (you must be present minimum 10 out of 13 times). We expect active participation in class discussions from all the students.
- An oral critical presentation of one of the readings in the list. Depending on how many students enrol in the course, the presentations might be in groups.
- Weekly participation in Canvas (the details will be explained in the course handout and during the first session).
All the obligatory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to be able to hand in the term paper.
A term paper of approximately 10 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography. The topic must be approved of by the teacher. You submit your essay in Inspera.
When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft. This is also a requirement in order to be able hand in the term paper.
Use of sources and citation
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
Resit an examination
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.