Prof. Leslie Chan
TA: Stian Håklev
Office Hours: Tuesday
1:00-3:00 p.m. Wed. 1:00-3:00 p.m.,and by appointment
Course homepage: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~chan/istb01/
This course examines
in-depth the role of information and communication technology
in international relations and in global development. Key questions
include: Will progress in technology lead to healthier lives,
social freedom, increased knowledge and more proactive citizens?
What are some concrete examples of technological improvements
to human development and reduced poverty? Will information technology
help to narrow the gaps between rich and poor countries? What
some of the new challenges raised by new technology, such as biotechnology?
What is the relationship between globalization and the ways
which technology is created and diffused? How are intellectual
property rights changing and how do they affect indigenous culture?
global knowledge commons possible?
objectives of this course are for students:
- To gain knowledge
of the history, structure, and development of information and
communication technology in a global context
- To obtain a thorough
overview of the Internet, including the regulation, policies,
ethics and technology which surround and control its growth
- To explore and understand
the critical arguments about the impact of ICT for development
as well as the economic, social, cultural, and political consequences
of media in society.
- To learn, through
hands-on projects, the skills and technology necessary to carry
out a communication initiative for social purposes.
1: Web site critique
Jan. 30, 2008
|Assignment 2: Web
site project (group project)
Analysis and Proposal
|March 5 , 2008
|March 26 , 2008
|Test (in class)
||Feb. 13 , 2008
|Lab and Online Participation
||Final exam. period
The first assignment
will be a critique of a web site (a five page mini-essay);
the second assignment will involve creating a project proposal
(in the form of a web site) for a Non-Government Organization
and it will be a group project. Details of the assignments are
available on the ATutor web site.
NOTE: All assignments
will be submitted online prior to class time on the due date
(i.e. no later than 10:00 am). Any assignment submitted after
this time will be considered late.
Late assignments will receive a penalty of 5% per day late
no text book for this course. All required readings and related resources
are available either on the course site or
on ATutor. See the lecture schedule for weekly
topics and corresponding
The course consists of weekly lecture, and weekly lab/tutorial
in the multimedia lab (B494,
see lab schedule). The tutorials are designed
to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about
to apply recent information and communication technology, particularly
in the area of development and global communication. Students
expected to participate in an online forum for the class, and they
are expected to attend tutorials.
It is very important that you begin using your UTSC email account
as course material and other supplementary information are also
accessible on the campus Intranet system.
If you have not activated your UTSC account yet, please visit the
web site at: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~accounts/newaccount.cgi and
sign up online. Once you received your username and password,
you will be able to log on to the campus Intranet (if you are
on campus, simply type in intranet in the browser's address bar.
If you are off campus, type in <http://intranet.utsc.utoronto.ca> and
you would be prompted for your username and password.
Another important web site where course materials are made available
and where online participation takes place is ATutor, located
This system is different from the campus intranet and requires
different log on procedure.
Logging into ATutor:
1. Navigate to http://kmdi.atutor.ca/atutor/
2. Click on the "register" button under the New User area.
3. Complete the form, using your UTSC email address and pertinent details
(Please use your real name. No nickname please).
4. Once registered, log into ATutor using the login form.
5. Click on Browse courses.
6. Select ISTB01H3F 07-08.
7. Click "enter course".
8. Click "request enrollment".
9. This will send a request to join ISTB01 on ATutor. We will check your registration
in the course and enroll you. Check back within 24 hours to see if you have been