10.10. – 3.12.2016

Development 2,0: the Post 2015 (Millennium Development Goals) Agenda

Development 2,0: the Post 2015 (Millennium Development Goals) Agenda

Course title: Development 2.0: the Post-2015 (Millennium Development Goals) Agenda

Coordinating university: University of Tampere, School of Information Sciences

Coordinators: Prof. Mikko Ruohonen and Dr. Nicholas Mavengere

Email: mikko.j.ruohonen[at]uta.fi and nicholas.mavengere[at]uta.fi 

Teaching language: English

Credits: 5 credits

Course dates: 10.10.2016 to 03.12.2016 (10 weeks)

Registration dates: 01.09.2016 to 30.09.2016

Number of students: 80 

Course content / Themes:

Development 2.0 (aka ICT4D 2.0) has been coined to highlight new ICT-enabled models that can transform the development structures and process. This course aims to provide an outline of the current issues and plausible initiatives that makes up this new development, which is based on "life after the MDGs”. Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) efforts has been tailor made to address the millennium development goals (MDGs). Now the next steps after the MDGs are embraced in the development 2.0 agenda.

This course is a further step from the recently held seminars (http://inforte.jyu.fi/events/ICT4D). The INFORTE.fi seminar covered the past theoretical basis, and projects (case studies). The INFORTE seminar was descriptive and meant to note what has been done in the ICT4D domain in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This course has a futuristic view to development, that is, explanatory and exploratory, for instance, in line with the SDGs. 

 No prior knowledge of ICT4D is assumed.

Objectives

The development agenda is dynamic in line with the environment, thus development 2.0. In addition, the changes are also noted in technology use, adoption and application in developing countries. Therefore, this course aims to note all these present changes and draw ways to maximize the benefits. Thus, the course objectives are

·To explain the present use of ICTs for development

·To explore potential developmental inputs in line with technological advances

·To highlight plausible post-MDGs agenda and ICTs input

Expected Learning Outcomes

The expected learning outcomes of this course could be summed up in two related areas as:

·Development 2.0 concepts: foundational frameworks of ICT4D knowledge

·Development 2.0 practice: knowledge and skills related to ICT4D projects

Learning methods

·Reading material – both provided through Moodle and students research

·Lectures (PowerPoint)

·Weekly critical reflections – open learning diary

·Lecture review – short work assignments based on the lectures

·Group work

Study material: Weekly learning materials will be available on Moodle course management system. Access to internet is essential to research recent issues and cases on the topic.

Assessment: Grade 0-5. The final mark will consist of an evaluation of

·Weekly critical reflections (25%)

·Mid – course work assignments (25%)

·End-course work assignment (25%)

·Group work (25%).

Registration for this course is closed.