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EX1022: Examen facultatum: Critical Thinking and Academic Writing

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Person responsible for the course:Atle Ottesen Søvik (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry
Examination support material permitted:List F 2

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeExamination date / Written assignment deadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written exam2019-12-05 5. Dec 20192019-11-01 1. Nov 2019
Start time:09:00
Duration:4 hours
Release date for results: 3. Jan 2020

General information

EX1022 introduces students to the topic of critical thinking, which is not about what to think, but about how to think. There are three main topics. The first topic concerns how to clarify meaning and define terms, in order to achieve clear thinking. The second topic concerns assessing the quality of arguments and learning in detail what makes an argument good and what makes an argument poor. The third topic is academic writing and how to structure a scholarly text. The skills learnt in these courses are of great importance in all other academic courses, and an important general competence for any citizen.

Overlapping courses

EX1022 Examen facultatum: Critical Thinking and Academic Writing overlaps completely with EX1020 Examen facultatum and EX1025 Examen facultatum: Social Sciences. Students who have already completed EX1020 or EX1025 will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for EX1022 on their transcript of records or diploma. MF therefore recommends not to combine these courses.

Course requirements

At the exam, the students will be given one or more of the questions (or question/s very similar to) from the list . A course requirement for the course is to make mind maps or outlines to these questions of about 1 page each, as a preparation for the exam. The mind maps/outlines can be either text or drawings, submitted either as pictures (jpg) or text files (word, pdf, ppt). In order to pass, the mind maps/outlines must contain the most important key words that should have been included if the question had been given at the exam.
November 1st, the course leader will select mind maps/outlines for all the questions (anonymously), and publish them in Canvas, which the students can use to prepare for the exam. More details can be found in the assignments folder in canvas.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Before September 15th make mindmaps/outlines for 6 of the questions and submit them in canvas. If the deadline is not kept, one can before October 1st make 8 mind maps/outlines instead of 6.
  • Before October 15th make mindmaps/outlines for 6 more questions and submit in canvas. If the deadline is not kept, one can before November 1st make 8 more mind maps/outlines instead of 6.
  • See the videos published in Canvas.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment for this course is based on one written exam (4 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • good knowledge about how to clarify meaning
  • good knowledge about how to assess arguments
  • good knowledge about how to write academic essays
The student can:
  • give good definitions of terms and clarify meaning of sentences
  • assess arguments and explain why they are good or bad
  • write academic essays according to academic standards


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:
Log in to Oria, or use "External access" in the library's list of databases.

  • Creme, P. & Lea, M. R. (2008). Writing at university: A guide for students (3rd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Library
  • Hughes, W. & Lavery, J. (2015). Critical thinking: An introduction to the basic skills (7th ed.). Broadview Press. Library

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