EXPH0550 - Examen philosophicum for Economics (Flex)


Examination arrangement

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

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

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


The candidate has

  • familiarity with basic theories of knowledge, and with what distinguishes scientific knowledge from other forms of knowledge
  • knowledge of chosen topics within theory of science of special relevance to economics
  • 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
  • knowledge of ethical and societal issues related to economics
  • knowledge of different perspectives along the dimensions value, behavior and institution


The candidate can

  • discuss problems and issues in light of different views of knowledge, science, ethics, and politics
  • reflect critically on different conceptions of value and humanity, and relate this to one’s own discipline and professional practice
  • identify and discuss ethical challenges related to one’s own discipline or profession
  • 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
  • write academic texts

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of digital lectures and feedback on compulsory submissions.

Compulsory assignments: In order to take the exam, approval of compulsory assignments is required.

If all compulsory assignments have been approved in EXPH0550 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 that counts 2/3.

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

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Business Administration (part-time) (BØKLED-F)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to BØKLED-F 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 2021
EXPH0002 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0003 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0004 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0005 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0006 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH6001 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0100 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0200 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0300 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0400 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0500 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
EXPH0350 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:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim , Gjøvik

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
S411 Smaragd 2
M411-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 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
S410 Smaragd 14
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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