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Undergraduate course

Introduction to Ethics

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Students will gain knowledge of some of the key questions and issues being studied in modern ethics. Some examples of topics that will be treated are: justice, welfare, what morality demands, the value of life, moral duty and the moral ideal. In addition, the course will look at applied topics related to life and death, the environment and global ethical challenges. The course is intended for all students who need to strengthen their expertise in ethics. It will be relevant to students in environmental sciences, social sciences and economics, as well as for students in the studies law and medicine.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Approved first semester studies. A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.

Teaching and learning methods

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

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

No compulsory requirements.

Forms of Assessment

A 4-day Home examination of 3000- 5000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.). The paper should be submitted electronically.

Exams in the course are held every semester.

Grading Scale

From A to F

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.


Department of Philosophy

Email: studierettleiar@fof.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    15.11.2021, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    18.11.2021, 16:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam