FIX1101 - Contemporary Philosophy


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 5/10 4 hours E
Assignment 5/10

Course content

This course examines some important contemporary philosophical debates and philosophers. At the centre of the debates are classic philosophical questions about human life, good and evil, justice, and the possibility of knowledge, as they confront us today. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Examples of possible themes: war and justice, democracy and religion, man is in a local or global perspective, knowledge, gender.

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 about how classical philosophical theories and concepts pertain to contemporary philosophical problems.
- Knowledge about some contemporary philosophical debates.

- The ability to argue for and against various positions within contemporary philosophical debates.
- The ability to apply general philosophical theories to concrete problems.
- The ability to argue systematically, including one's own views to critical reflection.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, groups, seminars and self-study. In order to sit the exam, students must attend the seminar for specialization in applied ethics and submit and get approved one written assignment (1600-3200 words, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing). 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

  • Attendance seminar
  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by essay and four-hour written exam (no syllabus materials permitted). The written exam aims to a greater extent to test breadth of knowledge. Both parts are weighted equally. The individual parts will not be graded, evaluation by an overall grade. In order for the students to pass, both exam parts must be considered to have a level that would have been equivalent to a passing grade. In case of retakes, students must redo both exams.

Essay is written on the basis of the written assignment after feedback from group leader/supervision, and should be 2400-4000 words long.

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:
Philosophy (BFI) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the bachelor's programme in Philosophy - specialisation in applied ethics

Course materials

Currciculum/reading list is available from the Department office.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FI1101 7.5 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 5/10
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 5/10
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 5/10 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 5/10 E
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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