EXPH0400 - Examen philosophicum for Medical Science and Health Science


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100

Course content

The course is an introduction to issues within theory of knowledge and science, ethics, and political philosophy. 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. Dialogue- and discussion-based teaching cultivates critical thinking, and promotes skills in argumentation and cooperation. The course also contributes to a critical attitude toward sources, and to the further development of writing skills.

Examen philosophicum for Medical Science and Health Professions cultivates a critical attitude to professional practice and different views of basic concepts within the health professions, such as health and disease. Introduction to ethical analysis and argumentation teaches students to identify and discuss ethical problems and issues related to societal challenges, technological development, and one’s own disciplinary or professional practice.

Learning outcome

-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 within medical and health 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.
-Knowledge of ethical and societal issues related to development and use of technology, and to practicing one’s own discipline or profession.
-Knowledge of basic ethical principles in professional practice, treatment and research within medical and health sciences.

-Can discuss problems and issues in light of different views of knowledge, science, ethics, and politics.
-Can reflect critically on different conceptions of value and humanity, and relate this to one’s own discipline and professional practice.
-Can identify and discuss ethical challenges related to medical science and health professions.
-Can argue independently, to the point and systematically regarding topics treated in the course.

General competencies:
-Can relate to and apply scientific knowledge critically and constructively.
-Can reflect on the societal role of the sciences.
-Familiarity with the differences between different scientific approaches and challenges related to cross-disciplinary research.
-Can contribute to good and reflective cooperation.
-Can write academic texts, individually and together with others.

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.

Compulsory assignments
In order to take the exam, approval of compulsory assignments and 80% participation in seminars is required. See the Blackboard pages of the course for details about compulsory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory activity

Further on evaluation

Letter grade (A-F) based on text written under supervision at seminar.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Audiology Programme (HSGAUB)
Human Movement Science (BBEV)
Medical Laboratory Sciences (702BI)
Medical laboratory technology (MTBIO)
Medical studies (CMED)
Nursing (050SY)
Nursing (BSPLD)
Nursing (BSPLH)
Nursing (SPBSP)
Nursing (SPBSPDE)
Occupational Therapy (BERG)
Occupational Therapy Programme (HSGETB)
Physiotherapy Programme (HSGFTB)
Radiography (BRAD)
Radiography (MTRAD)
Social Education Programme (HSGVEB)

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 01.09.2019
EXPH0002 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0003 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0004 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0005 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0006 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH6001 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0100 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0200 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0300 7.5 01.09.2019
EXPH0500 7.5 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Examen philosophicum


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund , Gjøvik , Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
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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