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Research Topic in Continental Philosophy

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will deal with some of the basic concepts of modern thought through reading one or more central classical texts. The course will develop the students' abilities for analytical and historical-critical reading of classical original texts in modern philosophical thinking.

The course will be based on a problem studied on the basis of reading central original classical texts. The course will give the students the opportunity to specialize in relevant philosophical issues in modernity.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course, the student should have:

- knowledge of one or more relevant issues that are discussed in the modern thinking.

- good knowledge of one or more original texts.


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

- to gain knowledge about the concepts employed in modern thinking.

- use methods for analyzing the theoretical and conceptual core points of modern thinking.

- write an argumentative paper.


After completing the course, the student should have competence:

- work independently and communicate on professional topics.

- to read modern philosophical classical texts at a high professional level.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree with 90 ECTS. Specialization in philosophy or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good English skills are essential, since one must expect that a lot of the syllabus is in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

FIL346 overlaps 10 SP with FIL246 (Continental Philosophy), FIL229 (), FIL329 (), FIL238 () and FIL338 ().

Access to the Course

To take the course, one must be admitted to the master's degree in philosophy.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching takes the form of lectures and / or seminars.

Guidance of semester assignment paper: guidance is a voluntary offer and can occur individually or in groups.

If fewer than four students are registered, the number of lectures may be reduced. The students will be offered individual or small group teaching.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

No mandatory work requirements

Forms of Assessment

A term paper of between 4000 and 6000 words (not including content list, literature list, etc.) The topic of the assignment must be approved by the subject teacher beforehand. The assignment will be delivered digitally and will be censored at the end of the semester.

The exam is arranged quarterly.

Grading Scale

Grading scale from A to F.

Assessment Semester

Autumn / Spring

The exam is arranged quarterly.

The compulsory work requirements must be approved before the examination can be taken in the course.

Reading List

The list of literature is made available on uib.no June 1st for the Fall semester, and December 1st for the Spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated at regular intervals.

Programme Committee

The teaching committee for the professional study in philosophy.

Course Coordinator

The teaching committee for the professional study in philosophy.

Course Administrator

Department of Philosophy


Department of Philosophy


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    15.12.2021, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam