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DA2190 General Cultural Knowledge 6.0 credits

The common ground of knowledge and beliefs which is the basis for successful communication between people is what "allmän bildning" means. The engineer's professional proficiency should include common knowledge in many areas and this course deals with some of them.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DA2190 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

General knowledge in speaking and writing. Studies of talks, debate and essays. Discussion about the effects of using markers of erudition.

Factual elements considered to be general knowledge in the areas literature, art, music, history, philosophy, religion, politics and science.

Writing exercises for publication or oral presentation according to choice.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  • recognise cultural fragments that are frequent in educated writing,
  • show general knowledge about cultural and nontechnical subjects,
  • use elements of cultural knowledge in speech and writing

in order to

  • be able to take part in dialogue and debate with nontechnicians,
  • employ new ways of thinking in professional life.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

At least 3 years university studies.


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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

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


  • SEM1 - Seminar Participation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Other requirements for final grade

Seminar participation (SEM1; 3 university credits).
Written or oral presentation project (ÖVN1; 3 university credits).

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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DA2190

Offered by

CSC/Computer Science and Communication

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Johan Karlander, tel: 790 6340, e-post: