Course code PHI101

PHI101 Examen Philosophicum - Seminar

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Course responsible: Frode Kjosavik
Teachers: Eli Kristin Seglen, Knut Saanum
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2006-2007
Preferential right:
Study programmes that have this course as recommended will have priority.
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. An important aim of the seminar version is to provide training for students in academic work, including writing, the use of literature, presentation, and learning through constructive criticism and discussion.
Learning activities:
Lectures and seminars are given on campus. The lectures are also being streamed. The seminars include group discussions, presentations, writing term papers, as well as feedback from the teacher. Students work on their own and in groups with various projects, and there is continuous assessment.
Teaching support:
Training through seminars (presentations, group discussion, written work).
The syllabus is defined by the topics, but a specific compendium, additional material and one textbook are recommended: Exphil II. Tekster i etikk (Unipub, Universitetet i Oslo).
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Students are required to attend at least 70 % of the seminars in their seminar group. There is mandatory attendence for the first two sessions. The mandatory activities are only valid until the next time the course is given. 
Portfolio assessment. The portfolio contains the following elements: One term paper (ca. 3500-4000 words) and two tests. The term paper is weighted 60%, and the tests are weighted 40%. The term paper has to be submitted in the same semester as the student attends the course. A-F. No re-examination is offered.
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 PHI100 and PHI102.
Type of course:
Seminar version in autumn parallel: 2 x 2 hours of lectures + 2 hours of seminars per week.
The course is equivalent to Examen Philosophicum at other universities in Norway. PHI100 and PHI101 have the same lectures in the autumn parallel. Examen Philosophicum - English option (PHI102) is given annually.
An external examiner will participate in the evaluation of the course.
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades