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
During the course, students will deepen their knowledge of one central theme or question in applied philosophy, its related concepts, scientific debate and philosophical argumentation. The field of applied philosophy includes, e.g., applied ethics, bioethics and politics, medical ethics, professional ethics, environmental philosophy, ethics and politics, philosophy of health, philosophy of technology and philosophy of justification of war. After completing the course, 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 content of the course covers a variety of trends and their related issues in applied philosophy.
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 book examinations. Students are recommended to select the appropriate literature on the subject matter and immediate background of their Master's thesis. Students are urged 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.
T. Airaksinen: 'Mitä on käytännöllinen etiikka' (Ajatus 40, 1983, p. 87-99); T. Airaksinen (ed.): Ammattien ja ansaitsemisen etiikka ja Tekniikka, luovuus, onnellisuus; R. Attfield: Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-first Century; R. Chadwick (ed.): Ethics and the Professions; G. Cullity: The Moral Demands of Affluence; A. Dyson & J. Harris (eds.): Ethics and Biotechnology; J. Glover: Causing Death and Saving Lives; E. Hargrove: Foundations of Environmental Ethics; J. Harris & S. Holm (eds.): The Future of Human Reproduction; H. Häyry: Individual Liberty and Medical Control and The Limits of Medical Paternalism; M. Häyry & H. Häyry: Rakasta, kärsi ja unhoita; M. Häyry: Liberal Utilitarianism and Applied Ethics and Rationality and the Genetic Challenge: Making People Better? (translated into Finnish as Ihminen 2.0: Geneettisen valikoinnin ja parantelun eettiset kysymykset); J. Kilpi: The Ethics of Bankruptcy
Assessment is based on a course or Examinarium exam. 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.)
Lecture course, essay or literature examination in the Examinarium electronic examination facility. The thematic entity and literature for each essay and Faculty examination is always to be agreed upon in advance with the examiner. Students are recommended to complete specialisation studies related to their Master's thesis research.