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FDH3357 Phenomenology in HCI 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Embodied interaction has had a strong influence on the IxD and HCI-fields ever since the beginning of this century. Paul Dourish book broke the ground for discussing embodiment in particular, but before then, the participatory design movement took inspirations from a phenomenologically grounded perspective. Daniel Fällman wrote his PhD-thesis on the topic and has been much cited for his work.

In this course, we will mainly study how phenomenological concepts such as embodiment or intersubjectivity has been interpreted and turned into design within IxD and HCI. We will only occasionally go back and read the philosophical basis – Merlaeu-Ponty, Heidegger and so on.

Intended learning outcomes

The course is a reading course on for design-oriented PhD-students. We will study the phenomenologically grounded design work in HCI.

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Literature and preparations

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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


  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 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

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.

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EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design

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Education cycle

Third cycle

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Kristina Höök

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design