Search programme

​Use the search function to search amongst programmes at Chalmers. The programme overview and the programme syllabus relating to your studies are generally from the academic year you began your studies.


Syllabus for

Academic year
ITS020 - Technology for a global sustainable society
Owner: TITEA
3,0 Credits (ECTS 4,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 0827 - Technology and society

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

In programs



MTS course The course contains theme environment


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites



Thinking about the Future: Technology for a Global Sustainable Society

This course will examine different disciplinary perspectives in order to develop critical thinking about the future of the natural and social environment: what are the requirements for a globally sustainable environment and society? Among the perspectives we will make use of are - history and anthropology, philosophy and ethics, and works of literature and film. The issues we will examine will include cultural conflicts attendant upon the introduction of new technologies, future visions of society and their relation to contemporary attitudes to science and technology, and the globalization of social and environmental issues.


The course will begin by considering the question of globalization: what is its scope and what are its implications? Second, we will discuss the transformation of nature in the twentieth century - how it has proceeded unevenly in different parts of world, with some areas bearing unsustainable environmental consequences, and with highly visible inequality a major consequence of rapid urbanization. We will also look at how technology affects relatively isolated populations in traditional societies. In the third part, we will examine how future visions, in science fiction novels and films about cyberspace, present the world as one of urban dystopias or 'green' utopias. Finally, we will turn to questions of culture and ethics: how should we think about the encounter between technologically and socially 'advanced' and poorer 'developing' societies, and what are the ethical obligations in relation, for example, to economic inequality and technological imbalance, attendant upon living in a global society?


The course will consist of 6 two hours lectures and 3 two hours seminars. The lectures will be in English, but coursework may be submitted in Swedish.


Articles, to be handed out during the course.


The coursework requirements will consist of one essay to be based on a small research project, plus a take home examination.

Page manager Published: Thu 03 Nov 2022.