For students attending the course Innovations for Emerging Cities: OpenLab Multidisciplinary Project Course. A potential course package (7,5/15 credits) course code 2QA306

This international master´s course introduce Design Thinking methodology for students to develop skills for creating solutions to large societal challenges. As a student you will learn about Design Thinking to develop solutions for a given societal challenge from an external client within Region Stockholm or Stockholm City. You work in teams of students from different universities, disciplines and backgrounds to understand, define, identify, prototype and test their innovative social solutions.


Welcome information

  • Registration for the course is mandatory. Students who do not register within the registration period will be withdrawn. The registration period opens two weeks before the course starts and ends one week after the start. For more information please see: (

  • More information about the course start will be posted in due time before the course starts on Tuesday January 18th, 2022. Please see: The Openlab website.

  • The course is held online, but with potential to meet and use the Openlab facilities at the Royal Technical college (KTH).

  • Note that the web-based learning platform that will be presented at course start, is It´s learning, managed by Södertörns College.  

  • To easier avoid clashes with other engagements, please notice the learning activities of the course will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • If you have questions regarding the course please contact the course leader (below).

  • Corona: Information about education regarding corona.

About the course disposition

For an entire semester, the Design Thinking process is applied twice (one iteration/period). Each step is supported by learning activities and tools with improvement work and visual prototyping in the foreground. If you read 15 credits, you get a similar knowledge base as if you read 7.5 credits, but a further iteration, which is why the tools in the learning activities together have a wider variation, even though they are of the same kind in Period 1 and Period 2. 


VT 2021:

Study period 1: 2021-08-30 till 2021-11-05
Study period 2: 2021-11-08 till 2022-01-14

Schedule will be posted on the website for Openlab Sthlm.


VT 2022:

Study period 1: 2022-01-17 till 2022-03-25
Study period 2: 2022-03-28 till 2022-06-05

Schedule will be posted on the website for Openlab Sthlm.


Course analysis and Course evaluation

Course evaluations are collected via the quality system used at Openlab, which is in conjunction with the guidelines set by the Committée of Education at Karolinska Institutet.


Contact information

Eric Asaba

Course Leader and Examiner

Hélène von Strauss

Course Administrator

Inna Osadtjaja

Study Counsellor