EXPH0100 - Examen philosophicum for Humanities and Aesthetic Disciplines


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Essay exam/Multiple choice exam (school exam)
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Multiple choice exam 1/3 2 hours E
Essay exam 2/3

Course content

The course is an introduction to issues within theory of knowledge and science, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Different views of nature, humanity, and technology are discussed, in addition to questions concerning the relation between individual and society. The course provides knowledge of perspectives on science and contributes to a reflective relation to scientific practice and application of scientific knowledge, with special focus on the humanities and aesthetic disciplines. Dialogue- and discussion-based teaching cultivates critical thinking, and promotes skills in argumentation and cooperation. The course contributes to a critical attitude toward sources, and to the further development of writing skills. Students will also learn how to recognize and discuss ethical questions related to present-day challenges of special relevance to the humanities and aesthetic disciplines.

Learning outcome


The candidate has

  • familiarity with basic theories of knowledge, and with what distinguishes scientific knowledge from other forms of knowledge
  • knowledge of basic topics within theory of science and methodological questions of special relevance to the humanities and aesthetic disciplines
  • knowledge of distinctions between different types of sciences
  • knowledge of different theories and views of humanity, culture, and nature
  • knowledge of different views of the relation between individual and community, and the structuring of society
  • knowledge of main types of ethical thinking and of present-day ethical questions related to ones own discipline
  • knowledge of aesthetics


The candidate can

  • discuss problems and issues in light of different views of knowledge, science, ethics, politics, and aesthetics
  • reflect critically on different conceptions of value and humanity, and relate this to one's own discipline
  • identify and discuss ethical challenges related to the humanities and aesthetic disciplines
  • argue independently, to the point and systematically regarding topics treated in the course

General competencies

The candidate can

  • relate to and apply scientific knowledge critically and constructively
  • reflect on the societal role of the sciences
  • contribute to good and reflective cooperation
  • write academic texts

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures and seminars. The lectures present the main lines of the curriculum and provide an overview of the central themes of the course. The seminars are group-based work on assigned tasks and exercises under supervision. The group assignment are compulsory, and must be approved in order to take the exam.

Compulsory assignments: In order to take the exam, approval of compulsory assignments and 80% participation on seminars is required.

See the Blackboard pages of the course for details about compulsory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on two partial assessments: a 2-hour multiple choice exam under supervision that counts 1/3 and an essay exam that counts 2/3. Both exams must be passed in the same semester.

In case of retakes, both exams must be redone.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to specific study programmes at NTNU.

Course materials

The curriculum is available on the Blackboard pages of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EXPH0001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0002 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0003 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0004 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0005 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0006 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH6001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0200 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0300 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0400 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0500 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
EXPH0350 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0550 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Examen philosophicum


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim , Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Examen Philosophicum
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Essay exam/Multiple choice exam (school exam)

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Multiple choice exam 1/3 E 2022-12-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL430 Sluppenvegen 14 13
SL319 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL315 Sluppenvegen 14 2
M438 Eksamensrom 4.etg, Inngang D Mustad, Inngang D 9
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 36
SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 52
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 74
SL111 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 61
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 84
SL111 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 51
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 65
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL123 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 6
Autumn ORD Essay exam 2/3





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Multiple choice exam 1/3 E 2023-05-09 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
S206 Smaragd 45
A-atriet-2/3 (A-160) Ametyst 46
M414-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 5
A-atriet-1/3 (A-160) Ametyst 0
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 5
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 80
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 48
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 59
SL322 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL111 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL317 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 23
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 6
Spring ORD Essay exam 2/3





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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