Digital Development: Gender, Health and Technology (009ID)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module draws on current debates on the value/limits of science and technology for development. We will trace these debates as they relate to inequalities in gender and health through sessions on smart cities, governance, health, medicine, social media and feminism, reproduction, social movements and artificial intelligence for example.

You will become familiar with ethnographic research, critical theory and analytical tools and use this knowledge to explore contemporary debates and emergent approaches to international development given the advances in science and technology. You will unpack these debates and emergent approaches to international development by critical theory with empirical and ethnographic research. You will work independently and in groups to apply your 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.


100%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Group presentation)
75%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: