Syllabus for Life's Philosophy and Modernity

Livsfilosofi och det moderna samhället


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV064
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F

    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:

    First cycle

    • 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

    Second cycle

    • 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

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-10
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse and argue for a personal approach to the life-philosophical dimension of the sustainability issues and the consequences thereof;
  • critically relate to different opinion about the good life and the good society during different historical periods, different cultures and religions;
  • analyse and reflexively relate to connections between theory, practice and life experiences from a life-philosophical perspective;
  • relfect on and critically discuss one's own life-philosophical value foundation and lifestyle.


The course deals with life's philosophy's meaning for the sustainability issues. Different opinions about the good life during different historical periods and different cultures and religions are discussed. The modern society's value foundations, as well as human nature, needs and moral are examined from different perspectives. Research and theories on happiness, lifestyles and existential viewpoints, reflections and one's own experiences are processed, as well as visions of the good society.


The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from various academic disciplines and relevant areas of society. Ample opportunities are provided for active student participation and critical reflection. Participation in seminars and workshops is compulsory. Non-compulsory study visits or equivalent may occur.


The student is examined through written preparation for (2 credits) and active participation in seminars and workshops (1.5 credits), and through written documentation (3.5 credits) and oral presentation (0.5 credit) of a project.
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.

Other directives

Active participation is reassessed through a re-seminar. If a student after having been offered a re-seminar still does not meet the requirements to pass the active participation elements the examiner can choose reassessment by another method.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Kurkiala, Mikael När själen går i exil

    Stockholm: Verbum, [2019]

    Find in the library


  • Naess, Arne; Haukeland, Per Ingvar Karlsson, Mona C. Livsfilosofi : ett personligt bidrag om känslor och förnuft

    [Ny utg.]: Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2005

    Find in the library


  • Strömquist, Liv Uppgång & fall

    Stockholm: Galago, [2016]

    Find in the library


  • Digitalt kompendium online LF

    CEMUS, 2020