Course code PHI100

PHI100 Examen Philosophicum

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Course responsible: Frode Kjosavik
Teachers: Knut Saanum
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: The course is offered in Norwegian each year in the Autumn parallel. PHI100 and PHI101 have the same lectures.
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Course contents:
The course has three parts: (1) History of science and philosophy; (2) Philosophy of science; (3) Ethics. Part 1 concerns developments within science, in particular how present-day natural science came to be, the historical and philosophical roots of different world pictures - like the ecological and the mechanistic ones, as well as the emergence and evolution of bioscience. The significance of philosophical theories for human self-understanding and perspectives on social issues is central. Part 2 deals with topics from the philosophy of science, including what is characteristic of scientific knowledge and scientific methods; what sets different scientific disciplines apart from each other; and what is the basis for interdisciplinary cooperation in approaches to complex problems in science and in society - as in climate research and research on sustainability. Part 3 provides an introduction to basic forms of ethical argumentation, and the application of such reasoning to pressing moral issues, including collisions of cultures, equality, the status of animals, nature management and sustainability. The importance that is accorded to natural science and environmental ethics is anchored in the science and value profile of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Learning outcome:
To gain knowledge of central aspects of science and ethics, their historical background and their social impact and significance; to improve the understanding of scientific justification, of the relations between the sciences and of the relations between science, society and nature; to produce critical awareness pertaining to value issues related to research and its application; to form skills and master general tools for analysis of concrete cases in science and ethics; to build competence in argumentation and critical reflection, both in general and within the framework of one’s own discipline.
Learning activities:
Lectures and problem-solving course are given on campus. The lectures are also being streamed. In the problem-solving course, the student is presented with cases, and it prepares the students for the exam.
Teaching support:
Problem-solving course.
The syllabus is defined by topics, but a specific compendium, additional material and one textbook are recommended: Exphil II. Tekster i etikk (Unipub, Universitetet i Oslo).
Recommended prerequisites:
Final written in-class examination (3,5 hours) accounts for 100 % of the grade.
Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
10 ECTS credits overlap with PHI101 and PHI102.
Type of course:
Autumn parallel: 2 x 2 hours of lectures per week (for the whole semester) + 2 hours of exercises per week.
The course is equivalent to Examen Philosophicum at other universities in Norway. It is offered in Norwegian in the autumn parallel every year.  Examen philosophicum - English option (PHI102) is offered annually (spring semester).
External examiner.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades