Circular Economy and Technology Assessment, 5 ECTS


Target group:
Engineering students, all fields.
Engineering, for most engineers, is much more about finding common grounds and win-win solutions with all kind of stakeholders, than about pure number-crunching. This cannot be achieved without reflection about values – often differing values and goals. Thus, this course is helpful for all engineers. This course, together with the courses Global Teamwork Skills and Global Leadership, is of special importance for those who aim at a leading role in a multicultural environment. 


Learning goals:
After the course the student should be familiar with basics about Technology Assessment, Circular Economy and Ethical theory, corporate ethics and most importantly, have an understanding of the human aspects of engineering work.
A goal is to give the students building blocks in their strive towards ethical autonomy at work.

Mode of delivery:
All lectures and tasks for the course will be shared with you on the course platform Moodle.
Computer with a Teams-connection are therefore needed.
During the course, there will be regular online sessions for questions and answers. Furthermore, we will arrange a few discussions and presentations online.
Otherwise the course will be asynchronous, with small tasks to do spread over several weeks. This makes it possible to combine this course with other full-time studies.  You can do this course where and when it suites you, in your own pace, fast or slow. 
Deadlines for modules within the course will be set in Moodle during the course.

Alongside the lectures and tasks, there will be recommended readings from
Withbeck, C.: Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, first or second edition and from other sources.
Readings will be specified on Moodle.



  • Circular Economy, core concepts, business models etc. Assignments on CE.
  • Professional values, responsibilities and judgement. An introduction to what the engineering profession requires from an ethical point of view. Ethical theory, such as utilitarian ethics, rule based ethics, virtue ethics, rights based ethics and a few more. (asynchronous lectures)
  • Hopefully we manage to arrange discussions online or in Teams-chatt (3 to 4 students per group) and tasks around the topics.
  • Small case studies and presentations in groups of three to four students.
  • Engineering in the context of CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility or CR, Corporate Responsibility. (Asynchronous lectures). Engineers work in a context, an organization and these organizations define much of the boundaries for the engineer’s behavior. Thus, it is important for an engineer to have an idea about corporate values and ethics as well.
  • Technology Assessment, core concepts, aims with TA, criteria, different methods etc. An assignment, a case study on TA.


1 – 2 The students does the assignments and shows a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts introduced in the course.

 3 – 4 The student can analyze the cases based on the ethical theories presented in the course and also discuss alternative courses of actions in the cases from different ethical, technical and economical perspectives based on TA and CE-frameworks.

5 In addition to the above mentioned, the students shows a good mature understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in different ethical perspectives and can also evaluate their applicability in engineering practice as presented in the cases.The student also shows an ability to evaluate technical solutions based on the content of the course in terms of TA and CE.


Teacher/contact person:
Roger Nylund,, +358 505 272 281







09.05.2022 - 29.07.2022


75€ If you are a student and study via Campusonline this course is for free. Costs for Open UAS is 15€/cr. Please contact if you have questions regarding this. A link for Payment will be send for those who have to pay (Open UAS students) after start of course.