University of Sussex Business School

Digital Development: Gend, Health & Tech (009ID)

Digital Development: Gender, Health and Technology

Module 009ID

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module draws on current debates on the value/limits of science and technology for development, and traces these debates as they relate to inequalities in gender and health, with specific sessions on health, medicine, feminism, stratified reproduction, social movements and biometric surveillance for example. Students will become familiar with ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools and they will use this knowledge to explore contemporary debates and emergent approaches to international development given the advances in science and technology. Students will unpack these debates and emergent approaches to international development by critical theory with empirical and ethnographic research. They will work independently and in groups to apply their understanding of these debates in the linked fields of international development and science and technology, with a focus on fostering new visions for a more equitable global future.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the history of thought in science and technology studies, and apply this awareness to contemporary debates in international development.

Engage with key ethnographic accounts and debates on the relationship between development and technology

Understand how scientific advances have prompted shifts in policies and public understandings of gender, health, reproduction, kinship and what it means to be human.

Work independently to integrate ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools in written work.

Critically evaluate and assess specific developments in science and technology, and apply this knowledge to a case study, drawing on empirical research.

Critically evaluate and assess specific developments in science and technology, and apply this knowledge to a case study, drawing on empirical research.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework25.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 7 (20 minutes)100.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0075.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

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Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor, Convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/226593

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/158737

Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/491333

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