AK2014 Decision Theory 7.5 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 for single courses students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    6 - 10

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Maria Nordström <marnords@kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Jesper Jerkert <jesper.jerkert@abe.kth.se>

    John Cantwell <john.cantwell@abe.kth.se>

    Maria Nordström <marnords@kth.se>

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the student should be able to outline and analyse arguments and basic issues in

  • decision under risk and ignorance,
  • collective decision theory,
  • the history of decision theory,
  • formalization of decision problems.

The course will enable the student to approach decisions in academic and professional context in a systematic fashion, with the help of powerful tools. Applications of the theories to various contexts are discussed and trained. However, the course does not aim to train decision making for specific domains, but rather offers a general perspective.   

Course main content

In many situations we are forced to make decisions without having complete knowledge of the outcomes of our choices. The aim of this course is to provide a foundation for reflection on how rational choices can be made in such situations. We will discuss concepts such as rationality, preferences, goals, uncertainty, and utility. What does it mean to say that a preference, a goal, or a choice is rational? How should decisions be made under uncertainty and risk? What importance does the expected utility of different options have in a decision situation? This course will also serve as an introduction to game theory and social decision theory.


Lectures, seminars, exercises.


Higher education studies comprising 120 ECTS credits. Language proficiency corresponding to English B/English 6 in Swedish gymnasium.


  • Peterson, M. ”An Introduction to Decision Theory”, Cambridge University Press.
  • Other course literature will be provided online no later than four weeks before the start of the course.


  • DELA - Seminar Participation and Home Assignments, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • EXCA - Take-home Exercises, 4.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Optional Exam, , grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Students who choose not to take TEN1 but who passed both DEL1 and EXC1 receive an overall grade E.

Students who pass TEN1 and who passed both DEL1 and EXC1 receive the grade on TEN1 as their overall grade.

Requirements for final grade

  • Seminar participation and home assignments (DEL1; 3.0 cr), P/F
  • Home exercises (EXC1; 4.5 cr), P/F
  • Optional exam (TEN1; 0.0 cr), A-F

Offered by



John Cantwell (john.cantwell@abe.kth.se)


John Cantwell <john.cantwell@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

Number of places: 5-50. The course offering may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.


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