Language and Reality

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5FT188

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Theoretical Philosophy G2E
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 4 September 2023
Responsible department
Department of Philosophy

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should:

  • be able to clearly describe relevant theories about language and reality, and their relationship
  • be able to assess these theories and describe important objections to them
  • be able to make original contributions to the philosophical discussion about language and reality.


There will be no formal division between lectures and seminars. All sessions will be interactive. Students will be expected to complete the relevant readings before class, and come prepared to contribute to the discussion.


Assessment will be based on three short writing assignments and a final take-home exam. The short writing assignments will be 600 words and will be graded pass/fail. The final take-home exam will be a long essay of 3000 words and be graded fail/pass/pass with distinction. Active participation in class may also be a positive factor in the overall assessment of a student's work in 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.

Other directives

The course may run jointly with the second cycle course 5FT187.

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