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Deborah Wheeler
SIS 495
Seattle Campus

Task Force

Small-group seminars address current problems in international affairs, each focusing on one specific policy question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to senior majors in International Studies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201; SIS 202; SIS 401.

Class description

The Digital Divide: A Challenge for U.S. Foreign Policy While there have always been great differences between rich and poor countries, the advent of the Information Revolution threatens to exacerbate the gaps. The term used to describe the differences between information rich countries and poor ones is the Digital Divide. The U.S., the G7, the OECD, the World Bank, the UN, the IMF and the ITU among other organizations, have been studying the effects of the Digital Divide on countries in the developing world with regards to questions relating to human development, economic security and politics. According to Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Graemin Bank, "if current global development patterns persist, by 2040, there will be 3 billion people in the world who are living in abject poverty." But, Yunus observes, "if the world is concerned about the poor, and willing to help them ride the wave of globalization rather than be drowned by it, our story can have a different ending." Yunus explains, "ventures aimed at making information technology a force for poverty reduction can make 2040 a poverty free world." The main goals of this task force are to provide US policy solutions to the following questions: What should be the US's response to the Digital Divide? What strategies might the US employ to help make 2040 a poverty free world? Are there particular regions or states to which the U.S. should target Digital Divide alleviation resources and training? Why is it in the US's interest to care about the Digital Divide?

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Class assignments and grading

Students will write a group research project. Each student will contribute a 20-30p. section of the "task force report." Practice essays, rough drafts, etc...will be structured into the course

Team effort, individual contribution to final report.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/22/2002