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DM2801 Digitalisation and Sustainable Societal Transformation 7.5 credits

This course provides the foundation in critical theory and thinking for the development of perspectives and approaches to sustainable digitalization. It will help to prepare you to answer the ‘who, how, and why’ questions of sustainable digitalization.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

Open for all programs from year 3, and for students admitted to a master's program, provided that the course can be included in the program.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Sustainable Digitalisation, åk 1, Mandatory


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DM2801 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives a basis in critical theory and ways of thinking that are needed for developing perspectives and approaches to sustainable digitisation. Through lectures, seminars and practical learning activities, the course will treat

  • key concepts for sustainability and digitisation
  • perspectives on ecology, participation, social justice, technology design and development in the context of sustainability and digitisation based on critical and feministic theory
  • current technology trends in a historical perspective
  • critical perspectives on adaptation practice in academia, society, and industry.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • evaluate definitions and approaches for sustainability and digitisation
  • critically reflect on the socio-material composition of complex systems and their historical development
  • evaluate current and future technology trends with regard to their influence on social and ecological sustainability
  • give a thorough account of their own approach to sustainable digitisation

in order to

  • be able to critically relate to technology and technical development with regard to how it influences sustainability
  • prepare for further studies in the area.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed Bachelor's thesis, equivalent to DA150X/EF112X/IA150X/DM128X.

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


  • INL1 - Hand-in assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Hand-in assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL3 - Hand-in assignment, 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 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

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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