DV483      Half Unit
Information Communication Technologies and Socio-economic Development

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Shirin Madon CON.8.13


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation and MSc in Media, Communication and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This is an interdisciplinary course about understanding the role played by Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) towards achieving developmental goals. We begin by reviewing dominant theoretical perspectives on development identifying assumptions held about the role of information, communication and technologies. Using this as our critical frame of reference, we focus on a variety of current topics including global software outsourcing, e-commerce/ m-commerce, ICT and smallholder agriculture, ICT and education, e-government and telecentres, health informatics, ICT and collective action, ICT and humanitarianism.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

In addition, there will be a one hour revision session in late LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be invited to submit an abstract of their summative essay for written comments.

Indicative reading

Avgerou, C. (2010) Discourses on ICT and Development, Information Technologies and International Development, 6, 3, pp. 1-18.


Brown, A. and Grant, G. (2010) Highlighting the Duality of the ICT and Development Research Agenda, Information Technology for Development, 16, 2, pp. 96-111.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 3000 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 19.2
Merit 57.5
Pass 23.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2016/17: 37

Average class size 2016/17: 18

Controlled access 2016/17: Yes

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication