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Undergraduate course

Metaphysics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeFIL220
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
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Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring or Fall

Objectives and Content

Metaphysics attempts to formulate, clarify and answer the basic and most general questions about the world, such as: What really exists? Do souls, numbers and God exist? What are time and space? What are cause and effect? What do we say when we say that some truths are necessary and others only contingent? Do we have free will? What is a law of nature? A central branch of metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into the first principles of reality. This course will provide students with an overview of important basic concepts, arguments and positions in metaphysics. The main topics are chosen from contemporary philosophy, but we will often discuss philosophical works from the past.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

After completing the course students should have good knowledge of the key Because concepts, arguments and positions in metaphysics.

Skills:

After completing the course the student should be able to: - identify strengths and weaknesses at various positions in metaphysics (eg. realism v. nominalism, determinism v. indeterminism, causality, comaptibilism v. incompatibilsm about free will, etc.) - identify relevant arguments and principles of metaphysics (e.g., the causal closure principle) - reading metaphysical articles and books on an relatively high academic level - continue studies in metaphysics at Master level

Competence:

The course provides a basis for further studies aimed at the bachelor's degree with a specialization in philosophy. In combination with other courses the student will be eligible for the teaching of philosophy in secondary school or upper secondary school. The course may also be suitable to support specialization in fundamental questions in connection with the study of other subjects.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Approved first semester studies. Specialized study courses presuppose good background knowledge in philosophy, and students should normally have finished their exams in all 100-level cumpolsary courses. A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.

Access to the Course

The course is open to students admitted at the University of Bergen

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.

Individual tuition: up to 1 hours per student.

The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.

Submission of a draft of the semester assignment paper before supervision.

Individual supervision given by the teacher of the course.

Forms of Assessment

Two written assignments to be handed in before a deadline set by the department. The first assignment is between 1500 and 2000 words (excluding table of contents, list of references, etc.). The second assignment is between 2500 and 3000 words (excluding table of contents, list of references, etc.), and is supervised. Each student chooses her or his own subject, which has to be approved by the supervisor in advance. With regards to the final grade, the first assignment makes up 30 % and the supervised assignment 70 % of the grade.

Exams in the course are held every semester.

The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.

Grading Scale

From A to F

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Philosophy

Email: studierettleiar@fof.uib.no

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Supervised paper

    Submission deadline
    02.10.2017, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    11.09.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam