Major students can participate in the specialisation courses already during their second year of study if such courses help them find a topic for their proseminar course or Bachelor's thesis.
Introduction to Epistemology
During the course, students will deepen their understanding of central questions in epistemology related to the nature and value of knowledge, the conditions and structure of justification, and the possibility of justified knowledge and beliefs. After completing the specialisation courses, students will be engrossed in the subject and able to apply it so that they can begin writing their thesis.
Literature examinations can be completed throughout the academic year. Lecture courses and seminars will be held during all four teaching periods.
The nature and value of knowledge, the terms and structure of justification, the sources of knowledge and justification, and the possibility and branch of justified knowledge and beliefs. Students are recommended to complete specialisation studies related to their Master's thesis research.
Recommended literature: E. Sosa, J. Kim, J. Fantl & M. McGrath (eds.): Epistemology: An Anthology, 2nd edition (10 cr); J. Turri: Epistemology: A Guide (3 cr); M. Steup, J. Turri & E. Sosa: Contemporary Debates in Epistemology, 2nd edition (4 cr); J. Greco & J. Turri (eds.): Virtue Epistemology (4 cr); E. Conee & R. Feldman (eds.): Evidentialism: Essays in Epistemology (3 cr); T. Dougherty (ed.): Evidentialism and Its Discontents (3 cr); T. Williamson: Knowledge and Its Limits (4 cr); P. Greenough & D. Pritchard: Williamson on Knowledge (4 cr); J. Hawthorne: Knowledge and Lotteries (2 cr); K. DeRose: The Case for Contextualism (3 cr); M. Smith: Between Probability and Certainty (2 cr)
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5. The evaluation criteria are based on the learning outcomes. Evaluation is based on a course or literature examination, and possibly on participation in the seminar discussions or writing an essay.
The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Examinarium exams are replaced from 16 March with alternative arrangements until 31 May 2020 until further notice. Register for Examinarium in WebOodi and contact the teacher about the books / check the course page for further instructions. (NOTE: do not register in Examinarium or reserve the room for the exam.)
Students are recommended to complete their specialisation options as specialisation courses, reading seminars or in the form of an essay. Courses can also be completed by taking literature examinations, but please note that each examination must be worth at least 5 credits. The thematic entity and literature for each essay and Faculty examination is always to be agreed upon in advance with the examiner. The choice of topic and literature must aim to build a sensible whole that is sufficiently coherent in terms of the chosen topic. Students are recommended to choose specialisation courses or literature that are directly related to their Master's thesis research or its immediate background.