Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Theoretical Philosophy A1N,
Practical Philosophy A1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
The Department Board
A student is eligible if they have fulfilled the requirements for a bachelor's degree in humanities or holds an equivalent foreign degree
After completing the course the students are expected to:
have an increased understanding of how empirical claims, thought experiments, and other elements of a philosophical dialectic are used efficiently when defending a philosophical thesis or argument
be familiar with how to employ common philosophical argumentative strategies in one's writing, such as the use of counter-examples, intuitions, and debunking explanations
have reflected on the role of writing in the process of sharpening and articulating one's philosophical ideas
have reflected on how different styles of prose and different forms of exposition may affect a reader's uptake and interpretation of a text.
What does it take to write a good philosophical paper? What can we do to become better philosophical writers? And how does writing philosophy relate to actually doing philosophy? The purpose of the course is to address these and related issues about philosophical writing, presentation, and thinking. The course will have both practical elements, such as writing exercises and paper workshops, and theoretical ones, concerning e.g. the understanding of concepts that tend to be central in philosophical argumentation.
Lectures, seminars, workshops, and writing tasks. The lecture-style will be thoroughly interactive. Students are expected to participate and contribute.
Three short writing assignments to be completed throughout the course, and a longer writing assignment at the end of the course.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.