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ITS023 - Technology for a global sustainable society
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-12 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKITE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Written and oral assignments 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0213 Written and oral assignments 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0313 Intermediate test 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0413 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

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Forskarassistent  Gustav Sjöblom


ITS021   Technology for a global sustainable society ITS022   Technology for a global sustainable society

Course evaluation:


Environment 7,5 hec

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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 specific prerequisites besides basic.


The aim of the course is to support students, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, to develop the ability to analyse problems related to the vision of a globally sustainable society. We ask questions such as: What is needed to support a socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable societal development? Can we use technology in order to create a sustainable society? Or does technology lead to a more environmentally damaged society? Of specific interest is to obtain an understanding concerning how the information society might create possibilities and challenges related to sustainability issues. The course will examine societal visions and their relationship to the prevailing attitude towards science and technology, the globalisation of society and environmental issues, and cultural conflicts depending on the introduction of new technology. In order to understand these complex relationships the course will take account of perspectives from history, sociology, economy, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and other areas.

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

- Explain the concept of sustainable development from different dimensions and perspectives.
- Explain causes of unsustainable development and applicable examples of conditions and trends in natural and societal systems. Example: population growth, affluence development, use of resources, consumption, economic driving forces/obstacles, lock-in effects, emissions, etc.
- Describe the professional interface towards natural and societal systems.
- Use methods and tools for simple analyses of environmental effects originating from the lifecycle of a product.
- Use problem solving and critical and creative thinking in group in order to bring together aspects regarding IT development and IT use with social, ecological and economic aspects.
- Reflect on the own professional role and professional responsibility as well as the role as citizen in relation to sustainable development.
- Reflect on how facts differ from values, identify ethical dilemmas and be able to apply and discuss ethical principles, and accept that decisions are based on both facts and values and that different values can give different outcomes in relation to the own education and future worklife.


The four first weeks of the course contains a general part regarding the area of sustainable development where important issues are discussed on a systems/societal, corporate, and individual level. The separation of levels intends to give a system view facilitating the orientation through different parts of the course but also to show how sustainability problems affects each area level and how goal conflicts are created between the different levels. As individuals we are influenced by these three areas and can make a difference depending on where we are positioned, e.g. as a student or as a professional engineer.

After the general part focus is aimed at the more professional questions, that is, how I, as a future engineer within the IT field, can influence in the direction of sustainable development.

The lectures are complemented by hand-in assignments. The hand-in assignments contains among other literature studies and practical applications.


The teaching is carried out through lectures in parallel with compulsory hand-in assignments which are conducted in groups and is presented in written form and in seminars.


Course literature is announced at the course start.


Written examination.
Written and oral presentations.
Hand-in assignments.

Compulsory attendance (at least 80%) on classes and other scheduled activities, and active participation at classes and seminars. Grades: F, 3, 4, 5.

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