History of Technology - Human Built World 7.5 Credits

Teknikhistoria - En värld byggd av människan
First cycle, H0049N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Students shall after completion of the course be able to:
• Describe and give examples of the interplay between technical, social and political changes.
• Identify and describe the processes behind the driving forces regarding technical development, but also describe and give examples behind processes which lead to failures.
• Give several examples on how human activities on separate locations and times influenced life in general, society, and the surrounding environment.

The course is a study of technological history from prehistory to today. The course design is based on innovations which are considered the most important for social development in Sweden and the rest of the world. The course is organized around themes such as health, gender, environment, and communication.

Net based distance course. Lectures and guidance for the studies is done online so a computer and connection to the internet is necessary.

Take-home exam. Grading system: Swedish grades U, G, VG.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration,not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Josefin Rönnbäck

Transition terms
The course H0049N is equal to H0001N

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Friedel, R. A Culture of Improvement. MIT Press: Cambridge, 2010.
Headrick, D. Technology: A World History. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009.
Sjunnesson, H and Helldorff, E. (red) 100 Innovationer, 2 bind. Tekniska museet och Bilda Förlag: Stockholm, 2012.

Additional articles can be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

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