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Undergraduate course


  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeFIL218
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
  • Resources

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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring in odd years

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will provide an introduction to philosophical issues and positions that are central to philosophical aesthetics and the theoretical reflection of the aesthetic subjects. The course is primarily a thematic approach, but classics are also a central position. Examples of important topics is the definition of art, aesthetic experience, art and acknowledgment, and taste.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, students should be familiar with the main concepts and theories of aesthetics.


After completing the course, the student should be able to

- thoroughly understand philosophical aesthetics

- explain important positions in philosophical aesthetics

- identify and critically analyze various theories within the topics of the course


The course provides a basis for further studies aimed at the bachelor's degree with a specialisation 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

Specialized study courses presuppose good background knowledge in philosophy, and students should normally have finished their exams in all 100-level cumpolsory 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 and learning methods

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

Supervision: supervision is a voluntary offer and can occur individually or in groups.

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.

Oral presentation

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.). 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 second 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.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Portfolio paper 1

      Submission deadline
      27.09.2021, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Portfolio paper 2

      Submission deadline
      18.10.2021, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam