Course Syllabus for

Theoretical Perspectives in Interaction Design for PhD students
Teoretiska perspektiv inom interaktionsdesign för doktorander

MAM045F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2021
Decided by: Åsa Håkansson
Date of establishment: 2021-05-19

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: Swedish


To give the students a good theoretical foundation in contemporary interaction design theory and the ability to apply theory as well as evaluate others' application of the theory within the field of interaction design.


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

Central areas of the course include: usability, user experience, human factors, design thinking and philosophical and theoretical perspectives on interaction design, for instance: activity theory, distributed cognition, post cognitive trends and AI, ethnomethodology and situated cognition, and phenomenology and post phenomenology.

Course Literature

Rogers, Y.: HCI Theory: Classical, Modern, and Contemporary. Morgan & Claypool, 2012.
Approximately 1000 pages of scientific literature selected by the participants together with the course coordinator will be added.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, project, self-study literature review. The course consists of a series of seminars on the subject of interaction design where different theoretical perspectives will be discussed. The seminars are held and organized by the PhD students whom take turns organizing the seminars. Those or the PhD students that organize a seminar prepares and holds a presentation and shares their preparation material with the rest of the course afterwards. The PhD students that does not organize a specific seminar, write a reflective text on the theory that the seminar covers. The course also consists of an individual essay in which the theoretical perspectives brought up in the course are put into a larger context and is related to the own thesis project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. Forms for examination: Written preparations for seminar, PhD student led seminar, reflective texts related to the PhD student led seminars, and the individual essay. The PhD students that does not lead a specific seminar hands in a reflective text related to the given seminar. For a passing degree, all parts of the course must be approved.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: The PhD student is expected to have basic knowledge about interaction design corresponding to an introduction level course.

Further Information

The course is given if there is interest from eligible students, though at most once a year. If there are less then 5 students registered, the course could be cancelled. Additional requirements: - Only persons admitted to PhD studies are eligible to take the course. - The participants should be able to motivate that the interaction design topic is relevant for their thesis project.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

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