AK106X Degree Project in Philosophy, First Cycle 15.0 credits

Examensarbete inom filosofi, grundnivå

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Philosophy at KTH is oriented towards technology and technological science. This is a comprehensive research field, since technology and its underlying basic sciences interact in multi-faceted ways with philosophy. Philosophical subdisciplines that are particularly involved include epistemology, philosophy od science, decision theory, logic, and ethics. The effects of technology and the role of technology in society are covered in the discipline, too.

Philosophy at KTH has a strong emphasis on cooperation with other disciplines. This amounts to the combining conceptual analysis and other philosophical methods with empirical knowledge acquired with methods within the technological, natural, social, and behavioral sciences.

The course examination takes the form of the written essay (thesis). The work is performed individually or jointly by two students. In the latter case, the individual contributions must be discernible. The topic of the thesis may be suggested by the student, the teacher, or an external party. The student starts out by writing a working plan. A supervisor is appointed no later than at the time of approval of the working plan. The student is invited to take advice from the supervisor during the course of work.

The outcome of the course is supposed to be an essay showing that the student has improved its knowledge of scientific work and scientific presentation.

Intended learning outcomes *

The objective of the course is to convey to the student more profound knowledge of philosophy through the independent authoring of a degree thesis. In the work, previously acquired knowledge shall be included. The work shall develop the critical thinking faculty and will amount to the student assimilating knowledge from a new field. Furthermore, one aim is training the student in scientific methodology and in written and oral presentation.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

At least 135 course credits within the program.

Recommended prerequisites

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Väljs individuellt.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • XUPP - Examination Question, 15.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written and defended essay (XUPP; 15.0 credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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John Cantwell

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK106X

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Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.