Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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
  • 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).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FIL4320


12 double sessions with seminars and lectures. Active participation  is expected. The course has got the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • You must be present minimum 9 out of 12 times

This is how you apply for a valid absence from / postponement of compulsory activities

The tuition activities are only valid the semester they are completed.



A term paper of approximately 10 pages, footnotes and literature list not included. You submit the term paper in Inspera.

Evaluation criteria fall 2018.

(Please note the course's exam form may have changed since the criteria were formulated.)

All compulsory tuition activities must be submitted in order to take the exam.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
Teaching language