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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK600 - Digitalisation and society
Digitalisering och samhälle
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MTS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Course closed for late applications.
Teaching language: English
Application code: 99129
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Maximum participants: 35

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Take-home examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 
TKELT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Erik Bohlin

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MTS 7,5 hec


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

No particular prerequisites are needed.


The aim of this course is help students develop basic understanding of economic and governance principles, and analytical skills to conceptualise and critically assess the interplay between digitalisation and society.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The aim of this course is help students comprehend what digitalization means for society. The course will address how digitalisation interplays with business development coupled with societal and institutional development, and to assess the ongoing changes. 

The following defines further the learning goals of the course:

- Describe and analyze the interplay between digitalisation on the one hand and societal change on the other
- Identify factors that influence digitalisation
- Describe and analyze the mechanisms of digitalisation
- Explain and interpret historical processes of digitalisation, and also make forecasts of future effects of digitalisation, both short-term and long-term
- Describe and analyze theoretical concepts and explanatory models for the interplay between digitalisation and societal change
- Problematize the societal consequences of digitalisation, then, now and in the future
- Observe the ethical problems that digitalisation may involve
- Write argumentative text


This course uses case studies from a wide range of sectors, such as telecommunications, manufacturing, energy, health, transport, to explain the ongoing fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. Digital innovations in products and services, processes and business models have radically changed the way industries work. Next generation industries are characterised by countless interconnected devices, automated processes, and storage, analysis and use of massive amount of data. Students will hear about real experiences of companies which have been changing their business models and strategies to embrace the opportunities brought about by digitalisation. The course also discusses the role of governments and policy makers play to unlock the benefits of digitalisation, and prevent threats and challenges. In addition, this course wants to raise awareness of the complexity of a digital society, by addressing ethical concerns related to privacy, security and sustainability.


The course consists of lectures, study visits and seminars, some of which are compulsory.


All material, including book chapters, scientific articles, popular sciene articles and official documents published by public authorities will be made accessible to students in the course webpage.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is composed of three mandatory parts:

Group-based project - 40%

Take-home exam - 40%

Closed-book exam - 20%

Each part of the examination is graded as fail, three, four or five. The final grade is determined by calculating the weighted average.

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