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ME2321 Engineering and Global Challenges 3.0 credits

The course is an introduction to the master program. By identifying global challenges linked to the UN Goals for Sustainable Development, previous knowledge from the bachelor level is challenged. Really complex problems require more than subject-specific methods and must be understood on the basis of interdisciplinary knowledge, which includes analysis at several system levels and with several perspectives.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2321 (Autumn 2024–Autumn 2024) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

See the course syllabus.

Course contents

The course raises awareness of the challenges that engineers in industrial engineering face, and gives the students training in, and understanding of, their role in the development of sustainable companies and a sustainable society. This is achieved through:

· Overview and synthesis of industrial engineering at basic level through examples of current, interdisciplinary research,

· Reflection and awareness of current global societal challenges, e.g. connected to the UN sustainable development goals,

· Engineering methods and processes to handle complexity through a systematic way of working,

· Training in a systems engineering perspective, communication and understanding of complex problems from different perspectives.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and discuss current global societal challenges, for example economic and social injustice, and environmental impact
  2. Analyse and concretize what these challenges imply for engineers that develop technology in a Swedish context and identify tools that can be used in this engineering work
  3. Identify and apply concepts, theories and methods in industrial engineering to describe and handle these complex challenges
  4. Use a systematic, engineering working method to analyse organisational challenges and suggest how these can be handled.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

40 higher education credits in Industrial engineering

English B/English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL2 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • RAP2 - Report, 1.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 0.5 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

Attendance at course seminars is compulsory.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

See the course syllabus.

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Decided by the examiner.


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

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Pernilla Ulfvengren (

Transitional regulations

Students from earlier course offerings that lacks examination item RAP1 (2 higher education credits) is offered to write the report individually (2 higher education credits) or to join in a new course offering and participate in a project group (1 higher education credit) and supplement with an additional individual submission on theory (1 higher education credit).

Students from earlier course offerings that lacks examination item INL1 (1 higher education credit) is offered to supplement with a compensatory assignment for the item that lack.