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FIK3615 Critical Perspectives on Engineering and Construction of ICT Systems 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FIK3615 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The institutional context of science in the modern world, and the means by which inventions and discoveries become accepted.

Science as the building of networks.

Social construction of technology as a method of inquiry.

Technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions.

Contemporary interpretation theories (in the Foucault book, the case is sexuality) and how it has been shaped by historical trends.

Gender and privilege studies of science and technology.

Intended learning outcomes

The student upon completion of the course will be able to:

  • explain the (ideal and factual) requirements on engineering
  • describe his or her own view on critical perspectives on science, and compare this to critical perspectives on engineering
  • apply critical perspectives to practical problems
  • give an account of some concepts of ethics in science
  • instrumentalise engineering problems under critical perspectives

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

Philosophy of Science (FIV3000 or equivalent).


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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.

Short written exam in the form of comments to each literature item, plus an oral exam (approx. one hour long).

Other requirements for final grade

Full literature coverage, i.e. understanding of all items on the literature list, plus relevance to own research work indicated as appropriate.

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

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

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Software and Computer Systems