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2022/2023  KAN-CPHIO1502U  Philosophical Investigations in Contemporary Worklife

English Title
Philosophical Investigations in Contemporary Worklife

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 70
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michael Pedersen - Department of Business Humanities and Law
  • Morten Sørensen Thaning - Department of Business Humanities and Law
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Human resource management
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 01-07-2022

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Based on the course material explain the nature and the theoretical and practical importance of a problem in contemporary work-life
  • Conduct a coherent, well-structured and precise philosophical investigation of the problem chosen
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the philosophical theories presented in the course
  • Demonstrate the ability to compare the concepts and theories presented in the course
  • Demonstrate the ability apply these concepts and theories to empirical examples and thereby show their practical relevance
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon the practical and theoretical limitations and implications of the applied concepts and theories
Philosophical Investigations in Contemporary Worklife:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-3
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course aims to provide students with knowledge about challenges in contemporary work-life. Students will be working on various empirical examples of contemporary challenges in work-life such as self-management and meaningful work. The student will learn to analyze and understand these examples in light of three questions: what role do deliberation and judgement have for the employee subject? What and how do individual and collective habits form our sense of self? Which role does desire imply for our conceptions of being an employee subject? By combining management texts, philosophical texts and empirical cases, the student will get a practical and philosophical insight into these three questions.

The course runs over five weeks and will mainly consist of pre-recorded lectures and onsite workshops.



Description of the teaching methods
The course is blended. It consists of pre-recorded lectures and live onsite workshops. The students are expected to have read and be familiar with the assigned readings and videos when coming to class and have done the work tasks assigned between classes.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback through student to student exercises facilitated by teachers
Student workload
Lectures 36 hours
Exam 37 hours
Preparation 134 hours
Expected literature


Other texts will also be used but these are some of the texts you can expect


Aristole (1999) Nichomachean Ethics,


Costea, B., Crump, N. and Amiridis, K. (2008) Managerialism, the therapeutic habitus and the self in contemporary Organizing, Human Relations 61 (5), 661-686*



Dewey, J. (1922) Human Nature and Conduct: An Introduction to Social Psychology. New York, NY, USA: Henry Holt and Company. 


Lear, J. (2016): ‘Integrating the non-rational soul’, in Wisdom won
from illness, Harvard University Press


Lee, M. and Edmonson, A.E, (2017) Self-Managing Organizations: Exploring the limits of less-hiearchical organizing. in Research on organizational behavior (37(35-58(


Pedersen, M and Dunne S. (2020): ‘Dewey’s Broad Account of Habit
and its Relevance for Change Management: A Conceptual
Clarification with Pragmatic Illustrations’, in Journal of Change

Last updated on 01-07-2022