EXPH0100 - Examen philosophicum for Humanities and Aesthetic Disciplines


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Essay exam/Multiple choice exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Essay exam 2/3 4 weeks
Multiple choice exam 1/3 2 hours E

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.

If all compulsory assignments have been approved in EXPH0100 a previous semester, it can be approved by the department.

Note that NTNU has several different variants of exphil. It is not possible to take the exam in a variant/subject code other than the one in which the compulsory assignments have been approved.

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.

In case of retakes, partial assessments can be taken up individually.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to specific study programmes at NTNU.

Course materials

The curriculum is available on examen philosophicum's web page ( and 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
EXPH0600 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Multiple choice exam 1/3 E 2023-11-25 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL324 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL121 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL317 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL322 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL123 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL319 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL325 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL111 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 50
SL111 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 60
SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 51
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 48
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 53
S411 Smaragd 14
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 15
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 64
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 81
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 11
SL271 Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL122 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 11
SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Autumn ORD Essay exam 2/3





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Multiple choice exam 1/3 E 2024-05-08 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 Sluppenvegen 14 193
M438 Eksamensrom 4.etg, Inngang D Mustad, Inngang D 60
A-atriet-2/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
A-atriet-1/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
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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