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FAK3129 Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research 2.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAK3129 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers the major themes and concepts in engineering ethics, such as the professional responsibilities of engineers, dual-use problems, whistleblowing, scientific misconduct, authorship and credit in research, informed consent, conflicts of interest, and the engineer’s responsibility for sustainable development. Professional engineering codes of ethics and major research ethical declarations will be introduced.

Intended learning outcomes

This is an introductory course in engineering ethics. The course aims at providing the students with tools and concepts that are necessary for discussing ethical aspects of engineering practice and research. After completing the course the students should be able to:

  • identify and describe common ethical problems that arise in engineering practice and research, with particular focus on problems that arise in one’s own field of research/specialization
  • analyze the problems taking relevant empirical factors into account
  • suggest possible solutions to the problems and justify the chosen solutions by means of basic ethical principles and concepts
  • systematically reflect on the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the engineer’s responsibilities for how it is used

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced no later than four weeks before the course starts.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 1.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade

  • Seminar attendance, 0.5 credit, grade scale: P, F
  • Written exam, 1.5 credits, grade scale: P, F

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FAK3129

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Karin Edvardsson Björnberg (

Supplementary information

The course is given for PhD students. The course is taught in English. 

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Philosophy