Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Challenges for Emerging Cities: Open Lab Multidisciplinary Project Course, 15 credits
(Utmaningar för den växande staden, multidisciplinär projektkurs inom OpenLab, 15 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1464ÖV
Subject area: Other Subjects
Main field of study: No main subject
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Technology 100%
Grading scale: G
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: VT 2015 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2014-09-05 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

The equivalent of English B and Degree of Bachelor in Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology or Natural sciences.

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:
  • relate scientific perspectives to different practices
  • develop, plan and evaluate new innovation ideas
  • apply interactive and creative work and design methodology
  • visualise innovation projects through sketches, models and prototypes
  • identify and analyse complex phenomena and introduce new innovative ideas that can be developed and realised to the lasting benefit and value to a specific target group
  • communicate the work on, and results of, innovation projects for clients, selected target groups and society

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The course is offered within OpenLab and is based on a multidisciplinary collaboration where students and faculty from Karoliska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Södertörn University work with clients from the City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and the County Administrative Board of Stockholm.

    Students work on a project basis on design and organising innovation partnerships across different fields of knowledge with the aim of solving practical social issues.

    • Challenges for Emerging Cities, 15 credits
      (Utmaningar för den växande staden, 15 högskolepoäng)
      The aim of the course is that students, along with external clients, are able to develop and evaluate new ideas for innovations that can be realised and create lasting benefit and value for a specific target group.

      Students learn to use projects to identify, organise, design and evaluate work on innovation. Through knowledge and practice from different disciplines and scientific perspectives, students learn the idea and business development, user involvement, cooperation, and business planning. Students are also given the tools to implement an interactive and creative work process and design methodology to manage incomplete problems and make reasonable and independent assumptions.

    • 1001, Challenges for Emerging Cities, 15 credits
      (Utmaningar för den växande staden, 15 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G

    5. Course design

    The course consists of mandatory lectures and workshops within the selected development project.

    6. Examination format

    - Attendance at lectures and the workshops within the selected development project
    - Written and oral presentation of the innovation project
    - Individual reflection report
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 2016HT 20162016-05-18Ämnesrådet för medieteknik
    VT 2017VT 20172016-11-23Ämnesrådet för medieteknik
    HT 2017HT 20172017-05-31Ämnesrådet för medieteknik
    VT 20182017-11-15Ämnesrådet för medieteknik

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.