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FLF3002 Theory, Methods and History of Technology and Engineering Sciences 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLF3002 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Part 1: The history of ideas within technological sciences, 2.5 credits.

The emergence of the global science community.

The study of classics of the theory of science

Part 2: The theory and method of the technological sciences, 5 credits

The research process (academia/industry, technically enhanced learning, cultural aspects)

Qualitative and quantitative aspects of research methods such as questionnaires, interview studies, textual analysis, observational studies, ethnographic studies and case studies.

Action/Design based research

Research ethics

Intended learning outcomes

Give examples and account for one of the trends in the emergence of the global science community.

Account for and compare the fundamental features of one of the classical theories of knowledge.

Identify some common research approaches and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.

Be able to formulate your own research plan, including ethical considerations, and explain the chosen research approach by referring to the perspectives presented in the course.

Formulate constructive criticism/feedback to other doctoral students (presentations and project)

Course disposition

Seminars and lectures.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to third-cycle programmes

Recommended prerequisites

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Cohen, L; Manion, L; Morrison, K. (2011). Research Method in Education. Routledge

Latour, B (1987). Science in Action, How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society. Cambridge Mass. Cambridge University Press

Kuhn, T (1996). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 3rd Edition. The University of Chicago Press; Chicago and London.

Marshall, C. & Rossman, G (2006). Designing Qualitative Research. 4th Edition. Sage

and a selection of articles / texts according to agreement with the course responsible.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Written assignment, 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

A pass grade on all parts

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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Profile picture Kristina Edström

Profile picture Lars Geschwind

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 FLF3002

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences