Ethics of Safety and Well-Being in Nordic Society


Nordic societies are somewhat distinctive for their societal arrangements relating to aspects of safety and well-being. Nordic countries are famous for their welfare states, high quality education systems and social security.

What are the moral foundations for such systems and institutions? And are there some ethical questions, challenges or problems relating to these systems and institutions in the Nordic countries?

What, essentially do concepts like safety, security, well-being and welfare even mean – and what they perhaps ought to mean?

Date: 10th of August to 20th of August 2021 (see detailed schedule below).

Place: Online – the course uses Zoom for lectures and Moodle for course materials such as lecture slide shows and additional readings.

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021

Short Description

The course provides students with focused expert presentations on some ethical issues in Nordic society. The topics covered in the course include military ethics, ethics of education, climate ethics, nursing ethics and other societal questions. The focus is especially on the ethical aspects involved in these societal arrangements and issues. Some special attention is given to issues and viewpoints that are currently publicly debated in Finland.


The student is
• Acquainted with the Finnish dimensions of safety and well-being
• Able to construe the aspects of safety and well-being in ethical terms


• Concepts and conceptions of safety and well-being
• The ethical viewpoint
• Multiple different expert presentations on different ethical issues in Nordic societies, including for example, military and climate ethics and ethics of education

Target audience

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in any field. Recommended to have notions of EU law, commercial law and public international law.


Lectures, reading course materials, writing reaction texts.

Course schedule

The course takes place August 10 to August 19, 2021. Lectures are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 14-16 EET (2 to 4 pm. EET).

Assignments are done outside of the lecture hours. Attendance during lectures is mandatory on 5 out of the 6 lectures. Lectures will take place in Zoom. Course materials, like lecture slide shows and additional readings will be in Moodle. All the course work should be completed by September 10th, 2021.

Student work load

Lectures 12h, independent work 70h.


On a scale 0–5.

Assessment criteria

  • Active participation in lectures
  • The quality of the reaction texts (approx. 2 pages each, reflective and analytical philosophical essays, at least 10 texts in total)

Learning materials

  • The Harvard Guide to Philosophical Writing
  • Lectures
  • Articles relating to the topics of the lectures (provided later on the course)


Minimum of 2 years of Bachelor’s studies in any field of study

Number of students: max. 20.