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. 

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Course information

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.

Course Disposition

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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

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • 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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Daniel Pargman

Further information

Course web

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Course web DM2573

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology

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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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.

Supplementary information

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