Theoretical Philosophy - Master Course (one-year), 30 credits (720A02)

Teoretisk filosofi, avancerad kurs (magisterkurs), 30 hp

Main field of study

Theoretical Philosophy


Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Fredrik Stjernberg, Martin Berzell

Course coordinator

Fredrik Stjernberg

Director of studies or equivalent

Martin Berzell
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2021 v202134-202203 Swedish Linköping

Main field of study

Theoretical Philosophy

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

Completed Theoretical Philosophy, advanced course with 30 HE credits approved, or the equivalent. In addition to the above, documented knowledge in Swedish and English is required, equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should have:
- advanced knowledge of some central problems and theories of theoretical philosophy,
- broader knowledge of another discipline of theoretical philosophy,
- developed the ability to independently handle, produce and assess complex argumentation,
- developed the ability to carry out a research assignment independently.

Course content

In several of the courses, the teaching may take place at another higher education institution or in the form of distance education.

Seminar, 7.5 HE credits
The seminar, which is compulsory, may present current research or bring up a central and current complex problem.

Individually selected course, 7.5 HE credits
In consultation with the supervisor, a course that in an appropriate way supplements the courses that were completed in Theoretical Philosophy, advanced course is chosen. The supply of such courses may vary from semester to semester.

Thesis, 15 HE credits
The student should carry out an independent research assignment. The subject is chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

Teaching and working methods

Independent literature studies to which compulsory seminars, compulsory written assignments, oral presentations and a written examination will be added. In addition to this, other types of teaching and working methods may occur. Part of the teaching may take place at another higher education institution, and elements of distance education occur.


The course is examined through compulsory seminars, essays, written assignments, written examination and oral presentations. Active individual oral participation in the seminars is required to pass the course. The master's thesis, which should have the nature of a scientific article, should be defended at a final review.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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UPPS Examination U, G, VG 15 credits
UPG1 Examination U, G, VG 15 credits
MUNT Examination U, G, VG 15 credits

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