IN5390 – ICT for Development: Building a Better World?
Teaching and exams spring 2022
In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.
Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.
The course concerns understanding the relationship between ICTs and development. This is an important sub-discipline within Information Systems research, and is especially relevant in current times given the new range of developmental challenges (eg humanitarian crisis, migration, security etc) being experienced and also the wide variety of new ICTs (eg internet, social media, cloud, big data etc) avaliable even in the poor countries. In this course, students will learn about different conceptual and empirical approaches to analyze ICTs, development and their relationship, to try and answer the question "are ICTs creating a better world in which we live?"
After completing this course you:
- have insights in the conceptualization of ICT for development, with emphasis on the relationship between technology and development in particular socio-political contexts.
- can analyze different perspectives on development and the manner in which we can understand ICTs from these perspectives.
- can analyze the nature of ICT applications in different development domains such as health, education, water and sanitation, and migration.
- can analyze various approaches to evaluate the outcome of ICT for Development projects.
- can critically analyze if ICTs are helping to create a better world in a development context.
Admission to the course
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.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
IN5390 and IN9390 will be assessed together in regards to the number of admissions, with priority given to PhD candidates with IN9390 in an approved study plan.
- 10 credits overlap with IN9390 – ICT for Development: Building a Better World?.
- 10 credits overlap with INF5850 – ICT for Development: Building a better world? (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with INF9850 – ICT for Development: Building a better world? (continued).
This as an intensive two weeks course with approximately 24 hours of lectures in total.
Home exam at the end of the semester counts 100% towards the final grade.
Mandatory assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.
It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5850 – ICT for Development: Building a better world? (continued), INF9850 – ICT for Development: Building a better world? (continued), IN9390 – ICT for Development: Building a Better World?
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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.
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.