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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, 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).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FIL4320 – Ethics with long essay


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

  • 3 short (1-3 pages) papers which are to be submitted in Canvas.
  • Mandatory presence at the seminars (you must be present minimum 10 out of 12 times). We expect active participation in class discussions from all the students.

All the obligatory tuition activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to be able to hand in the term paper. The activities are closely linked to the teaching, and are therefore only valid the semester they are completed.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.





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.

Evaluation criteria fall 2018.

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.

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

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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