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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 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The purpose of the course is to give an introduction to the Master's programme (two-year) in Industrial engineering. It gives an overview of the subject as a whole and emphasizes the value of interdisciplinary perspectives, e.g. by integrating relevant topics from the undergraduate level. The course raises awareness about 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 the contents of the courses in the engineering programme Industrial engineering at the basic level through example of current, interdisciplinary research

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

- Engineering methods and processes to handle complexity through a systematic working method

- Training with a systems engineering perspective, communication and understanding 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, 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 analyze organizational challenges and suggest how these can be handled.

Course disposition

See the course syllabus.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Courses equivalent to at least 40 higher education credits in Industrial engineering completed.

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • RAP1 - Report, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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 to 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 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 ME2321

Offered by

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Pernilla Ulfvengren (

Supplementary information

The course is only open for students admitted to the Master programme Industrial engineering and Management (TIEMM).

Not open for exchange students.