FI5200 - Ethics in Practice


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course gives an introduction to ethical approaches to some important current normative challenges: the ethics of multiculturalism, profession and research ethics, and the ethics of environment. The course builds on theoretical introductions to moral and political philosophy in the study of philosophy, and shows how these can throw light on current ethical challenges, and how the study of the concrete issues can contribute to a rethinking of these theoretical positions. The topics will include: pluralism and recognition; religion and ethics; freedom of expression and conscience; expertise and responsibility; profession ethics; research ethics; biodiversity and the value of nature; the tragedy of the commons; responsibility for future generations

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 different ethical approaches to current normative issues.
- knowledge of relevant applied ethical debates of our time, such as ethics of multicultalism; professional- and research ethics and environmental ethics.
- knowledge of relevant research ethical rules and guidelines.

- recognise and examine ethical problems in the context of current ethical debates.
- contribute to handle current normative issues by using ethical arguments and reflection.
- analyse ethical dilemmas and display independent ethical judgment within the areas that are taught in the course.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercise, self-study.

In order to sit the exam, students must attend 80% of the lectures as well as submit and get approved one written assignment (1600-3200 words). The written assignment is only given in the semester when the subject is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory exercise
  • 80% attendance at lectures

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by essay. Length: 2400-4000 words.

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.

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: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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: Assignment

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