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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK571 - Ethics and technology  
Teknikens etik
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-06 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MTS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 99128
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 50

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0120 Take-home examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

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


Karl de Fine Licht

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MTS 7,5 hec


General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies


The course aims to develop students’ understanding of the ethical problems that arise when technologies are developed and implemented. Students train to be able reason in a systematic and nuanced fashion so that they can come to a well-informed response to questions regarding how society and the individual should act when it comes to the development and application of various technologies. The emphasis of the course is to analyze a variety of cases using among other normative theory.

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

-    Identify and critically discuss both orally and in writing, ethical problems that occur in the technological field.
-    Apply basic ethical theories and concepts adequately on existing ethical problems.
-    Assess the sustainability and relevance of the arguments put forward in the debate on ethics and technology, arguing for different possible positions in these debates, and consideration of these issues in an informed and transparent way.
-    Describe the generally accepted research ethics and professional ethical approach and guidelines.
-    In a nuanced way reflect on their future profession from an ethical perspective.



Ethics and technology is simply put the study of the ethical problems and opportunities arising from the development and application of technologies. During the course, students develop their knowledge of what society and the individual should do when faced with the possibility of preparing and implementing new technology. By examining the positions available in different societal debates on the technologies and what they imply, students are trained to recognize and formulate ethical problems, finding problems in the current proposed solutions, and formulate preliminary answers to the problems. In the course we are going to use normative theories such as the right ethics, deontology, virtue ethics and consequence-based ethics but also by other tools for analyzing and to understand and develop the reasoning adopted. The ethical problems involved are specified by we use concrete examples from topical debates and research.

Themes that special attention will be given during the course are:
-    Responsibilities: society and the individual.
-    Professional ethics and research ethics.
-    Classic normative ethics, the ethics of risk, and applied ethics.
-    Moral preconditions, moral methodology.


The course consists of lectures, group work and seminars.


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Examination including compulsory elements

The course is examined through diagnostic tests, seminars, group work, peer reviews, and a take home exam.

The grades are: F, 3, 4, 5

For 3, an approved result is required for all diagnostic tests, all group work, all peer reviews and an active presence at all seminars.

For grades higher than 3, a grade higher than 3 on the home exam is required.

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