Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Studies in Large Technical Systems and Science Technology and Society (STS)
Introduktion till studier i stora tekniska system och teknikvetenskap och samhälle

FMI015F, 5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2020
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2020-11-09

General Information

Division: Environmental and Energy Systems Studies
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


This course introduces key theories and concepts used in the study of Large Technical Systems (LTS) and Science Technology and Society (STS). The doctoral student shall be able to apply these theories and methods in their own research. The aim of the course is to provide students with theoretical and methodological tools to be able to independently conduct studies in the LTS/STS fields. This is achieved by introducing literature, current debates and critiques in the field.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course consists of reading, literature seminars and written reflections on literature. The main part of the course consists of reading literature. The literature is discussed at seminars and the students shall hand in written reflections on the literature. The course is designed so that there is an opportunity for reflection and discussion about different perspectives, theories and concepts in the field. The course is divided into two parts that follow on each other, 2.5 hp each. Part 1: General literature on Science, Technology and Society (STS) including large technical systems (LTS). Same literature for all participants. Discussed at seminar with written assignments/reflections. Part 2: STS/LTS literature related to the participants specific research interest identified together with the PhD students. Some core common literature and some literature that is individual for each participants. Discussed in seminar and presented by the PhD students. Oral presentation of the individual chosen articles.

Course Literature

Reading material is distributed among course participants

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises, project. The course consists mainly of reading and seminars and demands an active participation from the participants.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants. • Active participation in seminars • Seminar oral presentation • Written reflections on literature
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Admitted to doctoral studies in a relevant subject, such as environmental and energy systems studies, technology and society or industrial environmental economics.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Max Åhman <>

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