Course code PHI102

PHI102 Examen Philosophicum - English option

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Course responsible: Rani Lill Anjum
Teachers: Fredrik Andersen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the spring parallel.
Course frequency: The course is taught in the spring parallel each year. The same course is offered in Norwegian each year in the autumn parallel as PHI100.
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:

The course consists of three parts: history of philosophy, ethics and philosophy of science.

  History of philosophy starts with the antiquity and ends in the 19th Century. This part starts with the Sophists and Plato, going up to Hume and Kant. The general topic is: Is certain knowledge possible? What can we have knowledge of? And how can we know that we really know what we think we know?   Ethics and practical philosophy is from the same period as in history of philosophy. In addition it includes philosophers such as Mill and Singer. The topic is: Is there something universally right or wrong, good or evil? If so, how can we find out if an action is one or the other? Where does morality come from?   In philosophy of science we consider the question of scientific knowledge. How is scientific knowledge possible? Can we prove scientific truths? Is scientific progress possible? What is the best method for gaining scientific knowledge?

Learning outcome:
The aim is to increase critical awareness within the student"s academic field, related to such aspects as history and social context, ethics, as well as epistemological and methodological basis. The course is to improve the understanding of scientific justification, of the relationship between the sciences and between science, society and nature, as well as making students more conscious of value questions linked to research and its application.
Learning activities:
Lectures, including discussions and problem-solving exercises.
Teaching support:
The students acquire practical experience in discussion and solving exercises.
The syllabus is defined by the topics, and is specified in the study plan. Supporting material (texts, videos, summaries, lecture notes) will be made available in Canvas.
Recommended prerequisites:
Written examination, 3,5 hours (100%). 
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
The course overlaps 10 ECTS credits with PHI100 and PHI101.
Type of course:
2 x 2 hours of lectures, including exercises.
The course is equivalent to Examen Philosophicum at other universities in Norway. It is offered in English in the Spring parallel every year. It is offered in Norwegian in the Autumn parallel every year as PHI100/PHI101. The exam in PHI102 will be given in English only.
External evaluation of the course.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått