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EL2220 The Sustainable Systems and Control Engineer 3.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 håll23 programme students

Target group


Part of programme

Master's Programme, Systems, Control and Robotics, åk 1, Mandatory

Master's Programme, Systems, Control and Robotics, åk 2, Mandatory


Autumn 2024: P1 (0.4 hp), P2 (0.4 hp)

Spring 2025: P3 (0.3 hp), P4 (0.4 hp)

Autumn 2025: P1 (0.4 hp), P2 (0.4 hp)

Spring 2026: P3 (0.3 hp), P4 (0.4 hp)


26 Aug 2024
1 Jun 2026

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 håll23 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 håll23 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EL2220 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Eight discussion based seminars as well as home assignments with self-reflection.

Course contents

The course extends over two years i.e. eight periods. Each period includes different subjects. Main themes for the course are: the role of engineers and the technology in society, social and ethical aspects, the responsibility of people for how the technology is used, the international labour market, culture and communication.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • discuss key issues of the role of engineers in the society
  • discuss and analyse impact of systems-, control- and robotics engineering in society, and its role in achieving economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development
  • discuss and analyse social and ethical aspects of research and development
  • discuss and analyse our responsibility for how technology is used, including social and economic aspects as well as environmental and safety aspects
  • discuss and analyse ethical and cultural issues and differences in an international environment
  • discuss on a high level considering the aggregation of the topics above
  • present arguments based on scientific results
  • meet deadlines
  • write brief, clear, analyses including own reflections.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed Degree of Bachelor (180 credits) or the equivalent academic qualifications. Documented skill in English equivalent English B.

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

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


  • UPP1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP2 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Participation in all seminars, submitted and passed assignments. The grading is based on the student's active participation in the discussions and on the quality of the submitted reports.

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

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

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