There are many courses related to Information and Communication Technologies for Development offered by a variety of schools at the University of Pennsylvania, some of which are listed below. Additional related courses will be added soon.
The Annenberg School for Communication
COMM 717. Communication and Political Development. Moehler.
This course explores the role of communication in classic and current theories of political and economic development. It addresses the questions: What is development? What are the major hypotheses about the relationship between communication and development? How have our hypotheses about communication and development evolved over time in response to changes in prominent development theories, policy trends, and empirical evidence? What are the effects of different and political regimes on media systems and visa versa? What actions are being taken to enhance media development? How has the media been employed to facilitate socioeconomic development, good governance, and democratic development? To what extent are media assistance programs supported by theory and empirical evidence? What should be the focus of future development efforts?
Graduate School of Education, International Educational Development Program
EDUC 514. Education in Developing Countries. (C) Wagner. Prerequisite(s): Prior graduate work in related areas recommended.
This seminar will cover a number of topics in human development (e.g., fertility, health, sex-roles) and education (e.g., pre-school interventions, literacy campaigns, non-formal education, technology innovations)in developing countries that have received attention from researchers and policy planners, and in the work of international agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank and USAID.
EDUC 677. Information and Communications Technologies for Education and Development in Global Perspective. (B) Wagner.
The importance of the relationship between education, technology, and social-economic development is increasing in the U.S. and around the world. What are new information and communications technologies (ICTs), how are they being deployed, and for what reasons? Are new ICTs a means for delivering skill-based or distance education information, and in what ways are they becoming a part of societies today? What constitute, then, ICTs for Development (ICT4D), and what role do they play in societies that are 'industrialized' and 'developing'.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science