AK3127 The Sustainable Scientist 2.0 credits

Den hållbara forskaren

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (2.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given period 4 every year.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the student should be able to:

•    identify and describe common research ethical problems.

•    analyse the research ethical problems taking relevant empirical factors into account.

•    suggest possible solutions to the research ethical problems.

•    analyse the concept of sustainable development in relation to science and technology.

•    reflect on the role of research and researchers for achieving sustainability.

•     identify different types of intellectual property created in the research .

•    reflect on and identify potential ways of protecting and creating value from the intellectual property created in the research.

Course main content

The course includes lectures and exercises in three different modules in which the Department of Philosophy interacts with KTH Technology Innovation:

(1) Basic Research Ethics (Department of Philosophy).

Key ethical issues and concepts (such as autonomy and informed consent). Research misconduct. The researcher responsible for research consequences. The relevance of the research norms of basic ethical theories. Ethical review and research ethics committees, the new law on research ethics review.

(2) Researchers and Sustainable Development (Department of Philosophy)

Key concepts and issues. Ethical responsibility for sustainability. The moral responsibility of researchers, engineers and experts. Interactions between science, policy and society. Corporate responsibility.

(3) Innovation and Intellectual Property (KTH Innovation).

Key concepts and issues. Innovation - Different ways to create value and impact from research results. IP and contracts - Different ways of protecting intellectual property and common agreement in the innovation process and how they work in practice.


The student needs to have studied at least on year at the third-cycle (research) level.


The course literature will be announced in good time before the course starts.


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 2.0, grading scale: P, F

Offered by



Per Wikman Svahn (perwi@abe.kth.se)


Karin Edvardsson Björnberg <karin.bjornberg@abe.kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course is given period 4 every year.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.