B CUSP 120
Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.
This course aims to explore the relationship between information, technology and society, particularly computer based information technologies and the ways in which it affects economic and social development in the world. We focus on the relationship between such technology and development in the Global South.
The rise of information and communication technology (ICT) in the western industrialized nations has been accompanied by a more democratic and easier access to information, allowing people to participate more fully in decisions pertaining to their own development. The apparent benefits of this new information technology also raised concerns among policy makers about the so-called ‘digital divide’; i.e. the gap between people with access to information and communication technologies and those without.
In this course we analyze the effects of a global emphasis on ICT and the effects of such a policy in terms of development. This course will undertake a historical survey of the role of information and communication technology in socio-economic development in the world. We analyze this phenomenon at the local, state, national and international level. While we focus on the macro-changes in policy during this course, we undertake an analysis of numerous case-studies in order to illustrate the network of changes effected through the introduction of ICT.
Student learning goals
At the end of this course, students will be able to - 1. Understand and articulate basic notions of economic and social development
2. Discuss the unequal distribution and access to resources for such development
3. Analyze problems connected to unequal access to information and technology around the world.
4. Understand important considerations in designing technological solutions to development problems
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, experiential group work
Class assignments and grading
Take home written assignments, in-class exam, design projects, group presentations
Willingness to engage with class work, displaying comprehension of important issues discussed in class, creativity and analytical skills