657 - Information Technology and International Development
This course will provide an intensive introduction to the field of information technology and global development, in its historical, policy, and design dimensions. Part one offers an overview of key historical and contemporary debates in international development, and an introduction to recent theoretical works on technology and development including. We explore a broad range of work from historical academic literature on development to contemporary commentary on issues such as economic growth, urban and infrastructural change, culture, environment, humanitarian issues, healthcare, and quality of life.
Part two explores the growing literature on technology and development. Through readings, discussions, and course assignments, students will gain an understanding of several of the key issues being faced in the developing world, and examine the role of technology in these. Through geographically focused project and discussion groups, students will also develop specific regional or country-level knowledge and experience.