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FSG3133 Engineering for a Sustainable Society 3.0 credits

The course will provide PhD-students a multi-disciplinary and sustainable perspective of the current challenges and give them tools to link science/research to innovation and technical solutions. The outcome should help PhD-students to relate their research (and career) with a need future technologies and actions toward a sustainable society.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSG3133 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course will cover different aspects of the sustainability challenges that humanity encounters presently. It will consist of inspiring lectures given by KTH researchers and external presenter. The lectures will highlight new aspect and different perspectives regarding the societal challenges and also present the point of view of different actors or stakeholders. The second part of the course will consist of presentations prepared by the students (in group of 4-5). Each group will do 3 presentations focusing respectively on (i) describing a societal challenge, (ii) presenting technical solutions, and (iii) identifying research needs for a sustainable society.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall goal of the course is to Give a sustainable and multidisciplinary perspective to PhD students and inspire by linking science and societal challenges. The students will learn to identify relevant data to address societal challenges, tools to analyses and quantify the challenges, methodologies for reviewing technological gaps, and to relate innovation needs with research.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Open to all PhD-students registered at KTH

Recommended prerequisites

Open to all PhD-students registered at KTH.


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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


  • PRO1 - Project work, 3.0 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.

PRO1 Project work 3,0 hp (P, F)

Other requirements for final grade

Pass will be given to students that have (i) been present att all inspirational lecture, and (ii) that have participated to the three presentations (both as active presenter and in discussions following other groups’ presentations).

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 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 FSG3133

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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Christophe Duwig

Supplementary information

REQUIREMENTS: Presence at the seminars, contribution to 3 group presentations and engagement in discussions.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mechanics