« Asia and the Pacific/Gender and Social Development

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Description 

The micro-credential aims to explore the governance, uptake and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Pacific region. ICTs to be examined include ‘new technologies’ such as basic mobile telephones, smartphones, the internet and social media. Access to news and other forms of information and communication will also be discussed for context, for example through mediums such as radio, television and newspapers. Governance of ICTs includes regulatory issues such as operator licences, spectrum allocation, interconnection, infrastructure sharing, universal access schemes, mobile telephone registration and pricing determinations. Cyber security and state surveillance will also be discussed in the credential. Uptake of ICTs differs between Pacific nations, due to factors such as affordability, network coverage, technical literacy and access to electricity. In the Pacific context, cultural norms, gender relations and family dynamics may also influence whether or not a person uses a mobile telephone or other ICT. Use of ICTs will be examined from four perspectives, relating to specific aims and practices: daily use, political use, development-focused use and e-government (electronic government).

Topics 

  1. Historical context, from traditional forms of communication in the Pacific to the advent of the mainstream media and, more recently, increasing access to ICTs
  2. Governance of ICTs in the Pacific region
  3. Uptake of ICTs in the Pacific region
  4. Daily use of ICTs in the Pacific region
  5. Political uses of ICTs in the Pacific region
  6. ICT4D: the use of ICTs for development outcomes
  7. e-government (electronic government)

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the governance, uptake and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the Pacific
  2. Understand relevant terminology
  3. Comprehend the limitations and opportunities regarding ICTs in the Pacific
  4. Apply understanding to the design of an e-government or ICT4D project with potential application in the Pacific (or one part thereof)

Indicative assessment

Seminar attendance and credential participation 10%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Terminology quiz 20%; Links to LO: 2

Paper on ICTs in one particular Pacific nation 35%; Links to LI: 1, 2 and 3

Design an e-government or ICT4D project with potential application in the Pacific (or one part thereof) 35%; Links to LO: 4

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.

Details 

  • Course Code: DPA19

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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