EXPH0500 - Examen philosophicum for Economics


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 Economics focuses on philosophical issues related to freedom, rationality, and responsibility. Students will have to reflect critically on economics as a discipline along three dimensions: value, behavior, and institution. Along the value dimension concepts such as utility, welfare, and freedom are discussed in light of different ethical theories. Rationality, optimization, and norms are important topics along the behavioral dimension, while the institutional dimension treats property right, market, and economic organization.

Learning outcome

-Familiarity with basic theories of knowledge, and with what distinguishes scientific knowledge from other forms of knowledge.
-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 economics.
-Knowledge of the role of firms in society and of the social responsibility connected to business, investment, and innovation.
-Knowledge of theoretical perspectives along the dimensions of value, behavior, and institution.

-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.
-Can identify and discuss ethical challenges related to business and economics in the public sector.
-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:
Business Administration (ØA369)
Business Administration (ØABACHELOR)
Business Administration and Management (BØKLED)
Business Administration, part-time (BØKLED-F)
Economics (BSØK)
Economics (MSØK/5)
Logistics (BLOG)
Marketing, Innovation and Management (359ML)

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
EXPH0400 7.5 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Examen philosophicum


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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 *
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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