MGLU5107 - KRLE 3 (1-7) module 3: Philosophy as a Discipline and Practice


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course makes use of historical and practical approaches to explore secular and religious philosophy and ethics, as well as philosophical and ethics-didactical theory/research and practices/learning methods.

Within philosophy and ethics, the curricula consists of one compulsory aspect, as well as a choice between several alternative fields of focus. Compulsory themes include ethics didactics, philosophical dialogue (P4C), political philosophy, existential philosophy, edification (bildung) judgement, and development of critical thinking. Optional topics include aesthetical philosophy, epistemology, rhetoric and the ethical philosophy/ethics of different religions and secular worldviews.

In the didactical part of the course, analytical ability and practical competence in the discussion of ethical and philosophical questions related to the lifeworld of pupils will be developed and practiced.

Learning outcome

The candidate
- has specialized insight into a selection of philosophical and ethical schools (fields, directions)
- has advanced knowledge of the didactics of philosophy, and the didactics of ethics
- has in-depth knowledge of relevant research, theory, scientific thinking, research methods, and ethics
- has in-depth knowledge of how education can be adapted to all pupils’ circumstances and needs
- has in-depth knowledge related to CREE of initial education
- has in-depth knowledge of progress in teaching and in pupils’ learning

The candidate
- is capable of comparing and analytically reflecting on the relationship between religious and secular theories of ethics, politics, philosophy, and edification (i.e. bildung).
- is capable of comparing and analytically reflecting on the relationship between selected philosophical schools and a selection of ethical ways of thinking
- is capable of applying knowledge of philosophical schools and the didactics of philosophy in planning, carrying out, and analyzing teaching material and teaching practices
- is capable of applying knowledge of ethical ways of thinking and the didactics of ethics in planning, carrying out, and analyzing teaching material and teaching practices
- is capable of analyzing and taking a critical stance on national and international research related to the teaching of ethics and philosophy, and can apply this knowledge in the exercise of the profession
- is capable of planning and carrying out teaching in CREE, in ways that promote the pupils’ philosophical and ethical ways of thinking
- is capable, at an advanced level, of applying the principles of CREE’s learning-oriented assessment, thereby helping the pupils to reflect on their own learning and development
- is capable of critically assessing digital forms of expression and resources, and using them in ways that strengthen and develop the didactics of CREE

General competence
The candidate
- is capable of systematically planning, evaluating, and revising learning arrangements on the basis of CREE
- is capable, at an advanced level, of disseminating and communicating academic issues linked to the exercise of the profession, and has professional digital competence
- is capable of contributing to developmental work that promotes new academic and pedagogical thinking

Learning methods and activities

The teaching in the course will be organized in seminars, the schedule and content of which will be presented at the beginning of the term. Between the seminars the students are expected to read and work on tasks related to their preparation and development of their master’s theses. The activity in the seminars will vary between lectures, individual and collaborative work, discussions, and student presentations. Discussions and other academic interactions, such as responding to fellow students’ work, are important ways for working and learning in the course, and all students are expected to participate in these activities.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

The following activities must be completed in order to take the exam:
- Participation in at least 8 philosophical dialogues,
- 5 written reflections related to the teaching and/or the curriculum
- 2 oral presentations
- 1 paper related to leading a philosophical dialogue

The assessment of these works will be graded either passed or not passed.

Exam: Individual term paper. Grading system, A-F

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:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)

Required previous knowledge

Completion of MGLU1108/MGLU1508, MGLU2108/MGLU2508, MGLU3112/MGLU3512 (60 ECTS of CREE in module 1). The course is reserved for students with the right to study teaching at the primary and lower secondary level.

Course materials

The complete reading list will be published on Blackboard before the course begins.

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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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