Level of Study
Objectives and Content
Students will become familiar with some key debates in contemporary ethics concerning, for example, how we should live, how we should treat others, and what it means to act ethically. Central theories in philosophical ethics will be explored through applied topics such as issues surrounding life and death, the environment, and global ethical challenges. The course is intended for all students who wish to reflect deeply on these issues and to strengthen their expertise in ethics.
After completing the course, the student should have
- knowledge of some central themes in contemporary ethics.
- knowledge of different philosophical theories concerning the basis for ethical judgments.
- knowledge of how different ethical standpoints can be relevant for conclusions made in concrete moral and political questions.
After completing the course, the student should be able to
- identify strong and weak sides of different ethical theories and positions.
- identify and assess relevant ethical considerations and arguments in ethical discussions.
- work independently with ethical questions and problems.
After completing the course, the student should be competent to
- read advanced articles and books in ethics.
- continue studies in ethics and practical philosophy, e.g., on a master level.
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 and learning methods
Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.
Guidance of semester assignment paper: guidance 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.
Submission of a short assignment at 900-1200 words. The topic is given by the teacher. Deadline is set by the department. The assignment must be approved to be able to take the exam.
Forms of Assessment
A semester assignment paper of 3000- 5000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.) The topic of the paper must be approved in advance by the teacher of the course. The semester assignment paper will be assessed at the end of the semester.
Exams in the course are held every semester.
From A to F
The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.
Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Type of assessment: Supervised paper
- Submission deadline
- 17.02.2022, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam