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* Retrieved from Course syllabus AK204V (Autumn 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Introduction to value sensitive design (VSD) followed by a workshop there the students complete group assignments on 1-2 different cases based on so called envisioning cards.
  • Lecture 1: AI and ethics or gene editing technology and ethics.
  • Lecture 2: Integrity & privacy
  • Lecture 3: Environmental ethics
  • Seminar 1: Moraloffsetting
  • Seminar 2: Engineering role: responsibility and professional ethics

Intended learning outcomes

 completed course is expected the student

  • be able to discuss and analyse, in writing and orally, ethical problems that may arise in engineering work,
  • within some engineering or technological field, in a more advanced way be able to analyse ethical problems,
  • be able to reflect on the engineer position and on the role of the engineer as a contributor to a sustainable development.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

120 credits higher education

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written report, 2,5 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.

The examination consists in an academic paper, where the student applies VSD on a technology that they work already with or on a technology that is during development.

Other requirements for final grade

Active seminar participation.

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.

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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