Course syllabus

History of Technology

GEMA50, 4,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements.
Elective for: A3, B4, BI3, BME4, C4, D4, E2, F2, I4, K4, L4, M4, MD4, N2, Pi4, RH4, V4, W3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The objective of this course, is to give insight in and understanding for possibilities and limitations in today’s, and future, social and natural science, and technology, through examples from the history of both science and various branches of technology. In the course, the technical development is linked to the conditions for human life and the development of society in a wide sense as well as the, thus several areas of science are integrated.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Historical examples from various scientific areas, natural and social science and technology, are interwoven to yield a general overview and illustrate the development in the history of science and ideas. For this reason the course relies upon the participation of guest lecturers representing different disciplines.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: For grade 3 (pass), attendance of at least 75% of lectures and seminars, and a written meditative essay based on each of these, are required. For grades 4 and 5 an additional individual study has to be presented in writing and orally.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TNX160

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Richard Lundin,
Course coordinator: Professor Anders Karlsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Lectures and seminars are given mainly on Wednesday evenings during the entire autumn semester.