ATLS 5210: Global Development I
Introduces students to the larger field of international development, focusing on the historical contexts, theories, policies, institutions and critiques that have shaped the international development industry. This interdisciplinary course examines the relationships and roles of the many stakeholders in development (multilateral agencies, NGOs, governments, foundations, corporations, academic institutions and others), and introduces students to past and present development movements and thinkers.
Moving from the 1940’s forward, the course focuses on the outcomes of development programs and how they have shaped today’s policies. With the advent of the Post-Millennium Development Goal era, this course provides a well-rounded base from which students can situate themselves and their values within the international development field.
ATLS 5220: Global Development II
Global Development II provides a deeper exploration of current development topics taught by experts in residence. Past courses have focused on health, agriculture, youth activism, philanthropy, development narratives in cinema, and interagency communication. Expert instructors from both the University of Colorado and outside development organizations bring specific and important topics to light in this seminar, designed for those students who have taken Global Development I.
ATLS 5230: Case Studies in ICTD
Students read and evaluate case studies in ICTD in order to gain an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of technologies, applications and policies that underlie successful – and not so successful – development efforts. Significant emphasis placed on learning and practicing tenets of good ICTD design, deployment and evaluation. Students conduct comprehensive reviews of existing research and field projects as well as build familiarity with the leading journals, conferences and organizations that comprise the ICTD field. Through this course, students learn how map and leverage technologies in order to serve human and environmental needs, while discussing the future of ICTD as an emerging area of academic and industry focus.
ATLS 5240: ICTD Project Laboratory
This project-based course prepares students for their semester-long practicum. Students work in teams to design ICTD interventions based on identified needs and requests from the larger development and NGO community. Students learn to author requirements documentation, technical specifications, usability wireframes, and training materials to support their design. Past projects include designing solar-powered computer labs for schools in Haiti and Zambia, creating mobile applications for microfinance and agriculture organizations, and developing a needs-based portal for non-English speakers in the greater Denver area. Teams are guided by program faculty and external domain experts, and partnerships often lead to practicum opportunities.
ATLS 5250: Practitioner Fieldwork Methods
This course introduces students to myriad methods and frameworks that can be invaluable in project development and deployment. Students learn ways to identify community priorities through a variety of assessment methods, integrate community feedback into iterative design processes, and conduct thorough testing, monitoring and evaluation of their projects. Using a variety of qualitative, quantitative, participatory and technology-based methods and tools, students learn how to apply these approaches to practical issues of cross-discipline data gathering and analysis, value-centric design, sustainability and scale. The overarching goal of this course is to build student confidence in using existing frameworks and methods, while advancing multi-method approaches to designing and evaluating development initiatives.
ATLS 6910: MS-ICTD Practicum
Students work in the field to apply what they have learned in the previous three semesters to a specific ICTD initiative. Practicum assignments are arranged under the supervision of the MS-ICTD Program Director and include work with a non-governmental organization, development agency or similar technology/policy entity, or with an emerging market corporate organization. Students may focus on ICTD design, deployment, monitoring and evaluation, or research. Students will stay in close contact with program faculty to ensure that practicum educational objectives are met, and will write a final report summarizing their practicum work.
Special Topics Courses
Often listed as ATLS 5519 courses, specific MS-ICTD electives have included courses on social entrepreneurship, advanced methods courses, and special technical electives.
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