FI1210 - Introduction to Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course introduces the field and the study program in ethics. In the course we study and practice philosophical thinking, critical knowledge acquisition, and academic argumentation. The course will provide an initial understanding of the methodology and theoretical basics of ethics as an academic discipline, the role of the study of ethics in academia and society, and the academic competence the ethics study provides. The course offers an overview of the history and fields of ethics, theories and approaches, as well as a small selection of contemporary ethical topics.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome, defined as knowledge and skills:


  • knowledge of requirements for academic writing in philosophy
  • overview of the field of ethics
  • understanding of the role of the study of ethics in academia and society


  • perceive, analyse, and discuss ethical issues with a philosophical approach
  • critically evaluate and apply different sources of knowledge
  • write argumentative texts that meet academic requirements

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, writing seminar, assignments, supervision and self-study. Presentation of and feedback on one’s own and others' texts.

In order to sit the exam, 80 % attendance (lectures and writing seminar) and up to two approved assignments are required. The obligatory activity can only be approved the semester the course is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % attendance
  • Approved assignments

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by 4-hour written exam. No syllabus material permitted.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 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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