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FDH3002 The Reflective Practitioner 3.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDH3002 (Autumn 2013–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Schön’s book came in 1983, at a time when universities were mainly teaching abstracted knowledge and very little everyday, practitioner knowledge to students. By studying how knowledge is enacted in the everyday life of professional practitioners, he came to the conclusion that learning at university needs to take a different stance to how we can reflect on what we do in our practice and extract knowledge from that. A professional who reflects on their own knowledge gained from the specific cases met in everyday professional life will improve, step by step.

This form of knowledge, the reflected knowledge gained from real-world examples, is of crucial important to those who wish to engage with design thinking or design knowledge.

That is why this work is extra important to researchers focusing on design.

Intended learning outcomes

The course is a reading course on for design-oriented PhD-students. We read one of the basic books in our field, Schön’s The Reflective Practitioner in order to understand design thinking, how to generalise over specific cases, why knowledge can be highly practical and embedded in real-world cases.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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Schön, Donald A. The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. Vol. 5126. Basic books, 1983.

Examination and completion

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

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

    Students are either examined by:

    ·  Writing a paper on their research, submitted to some conference or journal, where they refer to Schön in a relevant way

    ·  Writing a short essay with their views on Schön and how it relates to their work

    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

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    Offered by

    EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design

    Main field of study

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    Education cycle

    Third cycle

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    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design