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Syllabus for

Academic year
LSP530 - Fiction for engineers
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: SPRAK
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Minimum participants: 10
Maximum participants: 30

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0199 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   3,5 c 4,0 c    

In programs

SPRAK Language and communication, Year 1 
MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 


Docent  Magnus Gustafsson


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

Fluent English


The course aims to promote and enhance the creative and argumentative strengths of engineering students through relatively advanced studies of literature in English. The literature is often inspired by the perspective of engineering as well as science and technology in relation to the surrounding society. The course also introduces alternative ways of thinking and values and the discussion of of the role of art and literature in society.

The course is one of the courses in the MTS cluster and meets the guidelines of the MTS requirements mainly by emphasising different epistemological perspectives and different world views and values as they are placed in relief in the course literature. The role and development of technology and science during the 20th and 21st centuries is discussed in novels by authors with a science or technology orientation whose novels tend to set potentially conflicting values against each other.

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

Analyse literary text and construct an argumentative interpretation of literature that is meaningful outside the immediate context of the course.

Effectively and appropriately use narratological terminology to promote analysis and interpretation.

Explore ways in which fiction comments on the man-technology-society nexus.


In the course, approximately seven novels or plays are discussed and compared in a student-oriented seminar. There are also elements of creative writing to inform discussions and analyses. The seminar discussions cover literary schools, narratology, reading strategies, and literary theory. The course also includes an online poetry exchange with US students. The poetry changes from one year to the next.


Three-hour-seminars once a week. Some seminars are conducted asynchronously online in pingpong or a blog.


The literature for the fall-run 2013:
Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Jenny Diski. Only Human
Ian McEwan. Saturday
Jean Rhys. Wide Sargasso Sea
Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Jeanette Winterson. The Stone Gods
Additional material distributed during seminars or through the course web site. All the titles will be ordered at Cremona.


Graded assessment (fail, 3-5) based on all the assignments of the course (seminar preparations, journal, and term paper) where the student makes a selection of assignments and presents a learning portfolio for final assessment. An oral exam can be conducted to add or complement it for a higher pass.

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