FIX1105 - Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

What is ethics? What constitutes a good life? Is ethics simply a reflection of our emotions and of convention, or may conceptions of right and wrong be justified? Can there be a solution when cultures and values clash? How is ethics related to facts?

This course provides a systematic approach to ethical issues of the above kind. The emphasis is on contemporary theories and principles within normative ethics. Key topics to be addressed: Relativism and realism; subjectivism and objectivism; the "is"-"ought" gap; determinism and free will; Deontology (Kantianism); Utilitarianism; rights-based ethics; virtue ethics and ethics of care; feelings and ethics; and the relationship between theoretical and applied ethics, in the light of contemporary fields such as the ethics of war, medical ethics and animal ethics.

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 basic issues within normative ethics and metaethics.
- knowledge of key ethical theories, principles and concepts.

- use key ethical theories, principles and concepts in the field of applied ethics.
- argue in an ethical manner, including scrutiny of own viewpoints.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, groups, seminar 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

  • One approved written exercise
  • Attendance seminar

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by four-hour written exam (no syllabus materials permitted).

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

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FI1105 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:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Written examination

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