Syllabus for Conceptual Engineering
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 5FT173
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Theoretical 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
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2022-08-30
- Established by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Spring 2023
180 credits, or equivalent, including 60 credits in philosophy, aesthetics, musicology, literature or art history. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
- Responsible department: Department of Philosophy
Decisions and guidelines
This course may run jointly with the course 5FT174 at C level. The course requirements are higher on students at advanced level than on C level students.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- display good knowledge of the contemporary literature on conceptual engineering through critical discussion of themes from this literature
- display good understanding of conceptual engineering as an approach to philosophy
- display good understanding of how conceptual engineering relates to various metaphilosophical views
- have the skills needed to apply the method of conceptual engineering to various philosophical questions.
The course provides an overview of conceptual engineering. In brief, conceptual engineering is about assessing and revising concepts as opposed to merely analyzing and describing them. It aims to explain and illustrate what conceptual engineering is supposed to be, what challenges it is held to face, and what the main questions in the discussion of conceptual engineering are. Focus is on how conceptual engineering is relevant to issues in various different parts of philosophy, and on how the discussion of conceptual engineering highlights questions about what philosophy is and aims to be.
The instruction is in the form of lectures, but the lectures are to a significant extent interactive.
The examination is in written form through three shorter writing assignments (around 600 words each) and a longer assignment at the end of the course (an essay of around 4000-4500 words).
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.
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