AK2003 Technology and Ethics 7.5 credits

Teknik och etik

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

This is a basic course on the ethical aspects of technology and engineering.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Last planned examination: spring 21.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

-- summarize important ethical theories,

-- discuss and analyze, orally and in written form, ethical problems that may arise in engineering,

-- analyze more thoroughly ethical problems that arise in some particular field related to engineering or technology.

Course main content

Our point of departure will be practical ethical problems. These will vary each time the course is given, but classical examples include conflicts between safety and economy or function, the environmental effects of technology, the conflict between the engineer's professionalism and her/his loyalty to the employer, work with morally disputable technologies, insider problems and industrial espionage, integrity issues related to IT, etc. In order to analyze such questions we will use tools from moral philosophy (ethics). We will acquaint ourselves with important ethical theories such as utilitarianism and deontological ethics, as well as with useful notions, e.g. moral dilemmas.

An important part of this course is an individually written essay under supervision. This work deepens the knowledge of a particular ethical problem that can be selected in accordance to the student's previous experience and education.   


Lectures, seminars, essay writing under supervision.


120 credits of university studies.


  • The main course literature (course book) is settled no later than four weeks before the course commences.
  • List of additional literature items (articles) will be posted on the course web site at course start.

Required equipment



  • DEL1 - Participation and Prepatory Assignments, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • INL1 - Home Assignment, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 2.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

To obtain a final course grade, the student has to pass all course components (DEL1, TEN1, and INL1). 

Offered by



Sven Ove Hansson <sven-ove.hansson@abe.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2016.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2016.