DM2573 Sustainability and Media Technology 7.5 credits

Hållbarhet och medieteknik

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

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Computer Science and Engineering
    Information Technology
    Information and Communication Technology
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 hallutv19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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.

Course main content

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


Recommended prerequisites

Exam: Bachelor of Science or corresponding.


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


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

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology


Daniel Pargman, e-post:


Daniel Pargman <>


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