Life's Philosophy and Modernity

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1MV064

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sustainable Development G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 10 February 2022
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

60 credits

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.