Level Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
Duration: 13 weeks
Today, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are fundamental for knowledge sharing and within this respect can aid human development. ICT is used to; share information, study, build relations (personal and professional) and to access mediums of telecommunication and technology (infrastructure, hardware, soft ware and the internet). Knowing how to manage and apply these tools can provide future opportunities.
ICT and the schemes of the Network Society can contribute with governability, in the improvement of the internal and management processes of the governments and the State as well as the possibility of offering tools for citizen participation. Advances in both dimensions of e-governability cause an impact in the improvement of the quality of life (services) and increase of opportunities for citizens of any sector of society, which reflects the impact of ICT in Human Development. Even so, if ICT can make contributions to the improvement of Human Development, specific policies are still required to make this new technologies become tools for development that take into consideration all the main areas of a country.
This course offers a panoramic view of how Human Development can be strengthened using ITC; highlights Democratic Governance as a condition to improve Human Development, revises the integration of ICT with functions of the State, studies citizen participation and Digital Democracy, likewise, revises international, national and regional politics regarding ICT and finally provides elements to generate networks of development and cooperation.
The course is structured to be completed in 13 weeks and this includes 6 subject topics and 2 weeks for course introduction and closing. The introduction includes a course summary, and the closing unit invites participants to assess the course according to the below structure:
Introduction to the Virtual School System, the course and its context:
Human Development in the Information Society
Digital Divide and ICT for Development
ICT Policy and Human Development
Networks and Collaboration
Reports and Inscriptions