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 Philosophy and Its History, Introduction to Argumentation and Philosophy of Social Sciences, Introduction to Ethics and Social Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Epistemology, Introduction to Philosophy of Language, Ethics
After completing the course, students will understand and be able to apply central questions, concepts and philosophical argumentation, and engage in scientific debate on modern meta-ethics. Students will be able to use this knowledge in writing their Master's thesis.
Examinarium examinations and essays can be completed throughout the academic year. Lecture courses are offered during the University teaching periods.
The main course content will cover, e.g., general trends in meta-ethics and their related specific issues: emotivism, subjectivism, prescriptivism, expressivism, moral realism and naturalism, cognitivism and non-cognitivism, as well as a variety of questions in philosophy of language, epistemology, ontology, phenomenology and moral psychology related to these trends.
The reading list is a recommendation. The purpose of the list is to guide students in finding appropriate literature, not to direct them to use exactly the literature below in their essays or Faculty examinations. Students are recommended to select the appropriate literature on the subject matter and immediate background of their Master's thesis. Students are encouraged to discuss their choices with their Master's thesis supervisor, and the selected literature is always to be agreed upon with the examiner in advance and in good time. The selected literature must aim to build a sensible whole that is sufficiently coherent in terms of the chosen topic. See also the reading list in the complementary part of the intermediate-level Ethics module.
D. Brink: Moral Realism and the Foundations of Ethics; J. Broome: Rationality through Reasoning; G. Cullity & B. Gaut (eds.): Ethics and Practical Reason; D. Dennett: Elbow Room: Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting; A. Gibbard: Wise Choices, Apt Feelings and Thinking How to Live; J. L. Mackie: Ethics, Inventing Right and Wrong; G. Sayre-McCord (ed.): Essays on Moral Realism; R. Shafer-Landau: Moral Realism; R. J. Wallace: Responsibility and Moral Sentiments; E. Wiland: Reasons; G. H. von Wright: The Varieties of Goodness
Assessment is based on a lecture, Examinarium examination or an essay. Assessment is carried out on a scale of 0 to 5, based on the course learning outcomes.
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 the specialisation options as specialisation courses, reading seminars or in the form of essays. Courses can also be completed by taking Examinarium literature examinations, but please note that each examination must be worth at least 5 credits. Essay topics and reading lists for Faculty examinations must always be agreed upon in advance with the examiner, and the choice of topic and literature must aim to build a sensible and sufficiently coherent whole. Students are recommended to choose specialisation courses or literature directly related to their Master's thesis research or its immediate background.