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University of Hong Kong
This course introduces students to the opportunities, barriers, and challenges in designing technologies for the developing world. Students will examine the design constraints and resource limitations encountered in the developing world from different perspectives. The overall aim of the course is to broaden the vision of the students on how properly designed technologies can make positive contributions to the developing world.
Throughout the course, students will be introduced to four key intellectual ideas that form the cornerstones of developing-world technologies:
A developing-world technology should be considered as appropriate only if it can fulfill all the design constraints and resource limitations.
Design constraints for a developing-world technology should be defined in terms of at least four aspects: technical, social, political, and economical.
We must think outside the box when designing and assessing a technology intended for third world deployment, as technologies that form part of daily life in the developed world usually do not meet the needs of the developing world.
Properly designed technologies can help developing-world people solve their basic needs and improve their standard of living, while inappropriate ones may phase out rapidly.
In taking this course, students will have the opportunity to think more critically about the impact of science and technology on the cultural values and quality of life in the developing world. In doing so, they can become more mindful of the comparatively luxurious living conditions in Hong Kong where technology is abundant and plays an integral role in daily living.
The course will be taught using a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials, and hands-on design activities. Another key component of this course is a group design project where students will work collaboratively to propose a piece of appropriate technology to address an ill-defined problem that is related to real-world challenges faced by people living in the developing world.
Tutorial discussion 5
Oral presentation 15
Mini project 20
Final project 60
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design technology for undeveloped world
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