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DM2573 Sustainability and Media Technology 7.5 credits

Students who have taken the course should 1) know about sustainability in general and 2) the relationship between media technologies and sustainability in particular. 

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 hallutv programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DM2573 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The basic structure of the course consists of approximately two lectures and a seminar each week.

The course consists of ten parts and will beyond an introduction and summary/wrap-up cover eight topics (eight parts):

1) Introduction

2) Sustainability 101 (basic concepts)

3) Technology, society and sustainability from a historical perspective

4) Environmental psychology and behavior

5) (Direct) negative impacts of ICT and media

6) (Selected) positive effects of ICT use

7) ICT and social sustainability

8) Rebound effects

9) Images of the future

10) Summary/wrap-up

Intended learning outcomes

The learnning outcomes of the course have been formulated by KTH Sustainability and been adapted to media technology. After having studied the course, students should:

  • be familiar with basic terms and concepts of sustainability and ecology
  • understand how today's development and use of media and information and communication technologies (ICT) have both positive and negative effects on sustainability

in order to:

  • have sufficient knowledge to reasons around and also be able to apply said knowledge about how media and ICT can be used to contribute to a sustainable society in their future occupation.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Exam: Bachelor of Science or corresponding.


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Will be announced at least 4 weeks before course start at course web page.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVR1 - Other Task, 2.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Daniel Pargman, e-post:

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: