INF5850 – ICT for Development: Building a Better World?

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Course content

ICT for Development is an emergent and important discipline within Information Systems, and supporting career paths in ICT companies working in development, development agencies, and government and non-government organizations engaged in introducing ICT projects. The landscape is comprised of state of the art technologies involving mobile, social media, cloud hosting, and various others. This provides an exciting arena for IT graduate students to engage with cutting edge technologies and also participate in broader social development processes.

Learning outcome

Key learning outcomes of the course:

  • to conceptualize ICT for development, with emphasis on the relationship between technology and development in particular socio-political situated contexts

  • to analyze different perspectives on development and the manner in which we can understand ICTs from these perspectives

  • to analyze the nature of ICT applications in different development domains such as health, education, water and sanitation, and migration

  • to analyze various approaches to evaluate the outcome of ICT for Development projects

  • to analyze what are emerging ICT applications, and also emerging new development challenges in contemporary society

  • to be able to critically analyze if ICTs are helping to create a better world in a development context


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF9850 – ICT for Development: Building a Better World?


9 hours of lectures per week.

The first lecture is compulsory.


Home exam at the end of the semester.

Mandatory assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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