About the course

The purpose of the course is for the student to develop an understanding of the societal consequences (risks and favourable opportunities) of today's increasing digitalisation, and to be able to convey knowledge about methods and tools in the field of data science, with significance for decision making and societal development.

Course content

The course contains the following elements:

The course focuses on how modern information technology and data processing gives rise to new kinds of ethical dilemmas. The course uses case studies to convey principles and guidelines for managing:

- Data quality
- Data integrity and responsible management of sensitive data (e.g. GDPR, consent)
- Data security (including data ownership, block chain techniques, threats and risk analysis)
- Data-driven and evidence-based decision making
- Neutrality, transparency, reliability, accountability and personal self-determination in a data-driven society.
- Interpretability in machine learning models
- Susceptibility to bias and discrimination as a potential effect of information systems replacing manual processing
- Ethical perspective on data science

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Science in computer science or related subjects.

At least 15 credits in programming.

At least 7.5 credits in mathematics.

Knowledge equivalent to English 6 at Swedish upper secondary level


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

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