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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AE1704 (Spring 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course has an interdisciplinary nature to provide a general picture of conditions in the region. In order to better understand today's society the course gives an overview of the historical development and economic, social and political conditions technical development and future needs as well as  Swedish opportunities to participate and contribute to development in for example Iraq.

Intended learning outcomes

The likelihood that you will continue to work internationally is great and this means that you as an engineer will work in an environment very different from the Swedish. To succeed you must master the technical aspects in addition to the cultural dimensions at work in an international environment. A good basis for a future job abroad, you get by joining the following course.


The course aims to inspire and to give a broad introduction to the Middle East in view of a future Swedish participation in the reconstruction processes.

After the course the participants will be able to:

Describe how historical, political, economic and social structures enhance or prevents a positive development both nationally and regionally in the MENA region.

Describe globalization's role in the development process and the importance of Swedish companies and future opportunities in the region.

Describe, discuss problems and discuss what drives development, threats and opportunities.

Identify and apply the knowledge which is useful for international work in Sweden and the MENA region.

Plan, implement and present an independent project (thesis and oral presentation).

Course Disposition

The course is an evening class where external speakers from various agencies, companies and organizations and will share their knowledge and experience. The course is offered on Thursday evenings between 18:00 to 20:30.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General admission to university studies

Recommended prerequisites

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The literature will be posted on the course website before the course starts. The material consists of information and articles from Sida, EU, UN, World Bank and other organizations as well as material distributed in connection with the lectures.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Attendance, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL1 - Assignment, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

ANN1 - 75% attendance, 1 credit, grades: P, F

INL1 - Assignment, 2.0 hp, Grading: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

SEM1 - Oral Presentation / Seminar, 1.5 credits, grades: P, F

Other requirements for final grade

Required for the passing grade is: At least 75% attendance (NÄR1; 1 credit), assignment (INL1; 2hp),  the project work completed (PRO1; 3 credits) and presented at a seminar (SEM1; 1.5 credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE1704

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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