Life's Philosophy and Modernity, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • The course is cancelled.

    Spring 2023, Evening, 25%, Campus

    Start date: 16 January 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-69507

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry requirements: 60 credits


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 16,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 16,250

About the course

How do you combine the good life with a responsibility for the world and its survival? What can different life philosophies and lifestyles in other cultures and historically teach us about humanity and our present time? What role does the individual play in these times of crises, complexity and constant changes?

The course sets out from the premise that today's problems cannot only be solved with new technology, a continuation of prevailing politics and continued economic growth. At the same time as the material welfare has increased during the twentieth century, the wellbeing of people in the global north has not increased in the same manner. In other parts of the world the life expectancy has worsen as a consequence of neo-colonial ambitions from the world's new and old great powers resulting in war and terrorism.

From a contemporary critical analysis of the modern society the course then moves on to explore other ways of living and relating to the world around us, different life philosophies, the good life and how we can formulate personal and collective life philosophies that has the potential to change us and the world. During the course critical discussions on individual as well as societal possibilities and limitations for a good and responsible life. The course invites to reflection about the connection between theory, practice and life experience.

More information


Centre for Environment and Development Studies, CEMUS

Villavägen 16, Uppsala

Villavägen 16, SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden

Telephone: +46 18 471 27 08