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

Kritiska perspektiv på ingenjörsarbete och konstruktion av IT-system

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

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

Course Disposition

Reading course, ongoing discussion as appropriate, chiefly oral exam.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Enrolled as PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

Philosophy of Science (FIV3000 or equivalent).




  1. Bruno Latour (1987). Science in Action, Harvard Univ Press (288 pages).
  2. Wiebe E. Bijker (Author), Thomas P. Hughes (Author), Trevor J. Pinch (Editor) (1987). The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, MIT Press (400 pages).
  3. Michel Foucault (1990). The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, Vintage Books (168 pages).
  4. Donna Haraway  (1990). Simians, Cyborgs and Women, Other Books (287 pages).

Four classics of modern critical theory pertaining to ICT and engineering-related science.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    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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    Magnus Boman

    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/Software and Computer Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Software and Computer Systems