Postgraduate course

Master Topic in Phenomenology and Existensialism

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeFIL315
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring or Fall

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Ability to think critically on the basis of philosophers who have put forward new perspectives on the fundamental problems of philosophy.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course the student will have important knowledge about the phenomenological and existential philosophy with emphasis on philosophers such as Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.


After completing the course the student should have the ability to evaluate phenomenological and existential philosophical texts critical to a well-founded and independent basis.


The course may be included in a bachelor's degree with specialization in philosophy. In combination with other courses it may be included in an education that qualifies 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.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

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

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

FIL315 overlap 10 points with FIL215 (Phenomenology and Existensialism). It may also overlap with other courses. Please contact the studierettleiar@fof.uib.no for further information.

Access to the Course

A condition for entry into this course is having been accepted for the Masters programme in philosophy.

Teaching and learning methods

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.

Individual supervision given by the teacher of the course.

Forms of Assessment

A supervised semester assignment paper of 4000- 6000 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.

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

The compulsory requirements have to be formally approved in a semester in which there is teaching in the relevant course in order to register for the examination in a semester in which there is no teaching in that course.

Grading Scale

From A to F

Reading List

The topic includes a core curriculum that the student in consultation with the instructor can supplement with a syllabus.

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.


Contact Information

Department of Philosophy

Email: studierettleiar@fof.uib.no