Technology and Community Development2018-02-13T23:48:52+00:00
Community well project - Amazon Basin, Peru

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Course Tuition: $390
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2
Duration: 5 weeks

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March 2nd – April 6th, 2018

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February 27th, 2018

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Course Description

Explore how technology, both a blessing and curse, is critical for individuals and communities accessing and managing resources. Consider equitable distribution of its productive gains, environmental impacts, debt burdens, health consequences and impacts on the social and cultural fabric of a community. Examine some of the practical and ethical challenges faced by communities and community workers in their efforts to develop or introduce new technologies to enhance human well-being. Discover important concepts and strategies for successful participatory technology development, emphasizing principles developed by thinkers such as Ghandi and E.F. Schumacker.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the history and basic principles of appropriate technology.
  • Work with communities to analyze their situation, develop strategic directions, and generate appropriate technology packages.
  • Network with private, public and non-profit institutions in the field of tourism and development
  • Support community-based technology generation efforts by creating linkages to information and resources.

Testimonials from Past Course Participants for Technology and Community Development:

“Five weeks ago I associated technology primarily with gadgets. This class has brought home the scope of technology as a socially trans-formative power, and our responsibility to strive for appropriate uses in development work.”