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DM2585 Artificial Intelligence in Society 9.0 credits

The course gives the student knowledge of how AI, artificial intelligence, fits in with today's information society.

"With the beginning of this course, a number of possibilities are opening up for you. As the former participant and your elder friend, I can assure you that you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills in writing and develop your soft skills during interesting discussions. I am also pretty sure that by studying topics related to morality or ethics, which are part of the currently discussed artificial intelligence, you will discover many new questions deep inside yourself that you will be looking for answers for many months to come. Exciting journey ahead!"

Mateusz (course participant – spring  2020)

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DM2585 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Historical overview of how artificial intelligence has been developed since its formative years and up to today.

Critical perspectives on artificial intelligence and its development.

Possibilities and risks with artificial intelligence in the nearest coming decades.

Ethical aspects related to artificial intelligence today and in future.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • account for how artificial intelligence has been developed since the field's formative years and up to today,
  • discuss and account for commonly occurring critical perspectives on artificial intelligence and its development,
  • account for potential possibilities and risks with artificial intelligence in the future decades
  • discuss and account for central ethical aspects and problems related to use of artificial intelligence

in order to

  • get an increased understanding of how artificial intelligence fits in today's information society and how artificial intelligence might be developed.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in theory of knowledge and research methodology, 7,5 credits, corresponding to completed course DM2572.

The upper secondary course English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

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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

P, F


  • LIT1 - Literature study, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • RAP1 - Report, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3.0 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 web

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Course web DM2585

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Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

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