Course contents *
The course “Transdisciplinary Approaches for System Innovations” will provide you with insights on socio-technical processes in system innovations and equip you with participatory methods to facilitate sustainability transitions of socio-technical systems.
During the course you will design and implement a participatory backcasting project addressing a real-life complex socio-technical challenge. In 2017 the theme of the project work was “Sustainable KTH Campus 2050” and in 2018 – “Sustainable city district Hammarby Sjöstad 2050”.
The course is divided into 3 themes:
Theme 1. System innovations
Theme 2. Transdisciplinarity
Theme 3. Participatory backcasting (project work in interaction with different societal actors)
Intended learning outcomes *
After finishing the course, the student should be able to:
• describe the different types of innovations and reflect on how they relate to various theories of socio-technical changes, e.g. the multi-level perspective of system innovation and transition management;
• describe concepts of complexity and uncertainty in/for socio-technical systems;
• describe core ideas of different schools in future studies;
• reflect on transdisciplinary approaches for system innovation studies, e.g. generation of robust knowledge, consensus building, needs orientation, research society interaction;
• explain and illustrate scenario typologies;
• use various methods and techniques for scenario development, e.g. driver analysis, storytelling, morphological analysis;
• design a transdisciplinary study for sustainable transitions of socio-technical systems;
• implement a participatory backcasting process addressing real-life complex socio-technical challenges.
· ATT1 – Attendance1.5 cr, grade scale: P/F
· PRO1 – Project 3.5 cr, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
· INL1 - Home assignment 1.5 cr, grade scale: P/F
· INL2 - Home assignment 1.0 cr, grade scale P/F