Course syllabus

Kommunikation, tänkande och etik - kognitiva och kulturella perspektiv
Communication, Thinking and Ethics - Cognitive and Cultural Perspectives

EXTF55, 8 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Compulsory for: KID3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


An overall aim is that the students should develop their abilities to include communicative, cognitive and ethical perspectives in their own design process and their own design choices. Another overall aim is that the students would develop their abilities to handle these perspectives in discussions and argumentation within the domain of design in broad. Yet another aim is to contribute to a broadening of the students' communicative skills to include text oriented communication as well.

The domain of knowledge in broad concerns ”human beings as information creatures in and with the environment”, with an emphasis on individual and cultural variation.
The course offers a multitude of opportunities to discuss possible approaches for an industrial designer to what is learnt about human cognition, communication and ethics.

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




Four main topics are treated in the course: i) human information processing, ii) communication, iii) ethics and iv) gender. Furthermore, the course is assignment and practice oriented. It is centred around group assignments and individual assignments. It offers rich opportunities to practice presentation and discussion of the course topics in oral and written forms. It also gives the students opportunities to discuss their ongoing projects from other courses in relation to the topics about human information processing, communication, ethics and gender.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written reports - individual reports as well as group reports; oral presentations, participation in literature seminars, peer review assignments and feedback sessions. For a final grade on the course, examination of all parts must be completed.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Agneta Gulz,
Course coordinator: Magnus Haake,
Course homepage:
Further information: Compulsory course components: introduction lecture, seminars, oral presentations and all course components included for assessment.