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Master Topic in Practical Philosophy

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Level of Study


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Objectives and Content

FIL344 will provide students with an introduction to a research-related topic in practical philosophy. The course will teach how to familiarize oneself with and contribute to an ongoing research debate practical philosophy. In addition to giving an introduction to key-concepts and arguments of current research, special emphasis will be placed on philosophical methodology.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student should have:

- a deeper understanding of a central research debate in practical philosophy

- an overview of central problems, arguments and positions on this topic.


After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- identify key issues and arguments in practical philosophy

- provide assessments of what crucial contributions to a research debate in practical philosophy are

- recognize the strengths and weaknesses of important theories


After completing the course, the student should be competent to contribute with own research to key debates in practical philosophy:

- transfer research skills to his own master's project

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor degree with 90 credits specializing in philosophy or equivalent.

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.

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.

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.
  • Supervision of the semester assignment.
  • Students must attend at least 70% the seminars

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

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.

Programme Committee

Department of Philosophy

Course Coordinator

Department of Philosophy

Course Administrator

Department of Philosophy


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    28.04.2023, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam