I00166 (I00166)
ICT in a different culture*
< 2006/2007 > t/m () H
3 ec (84 uur) : 10 uur plenair college, 0 uur groepsgewijs college, 0 uur computerpracticum, 74 uur 'droog' practicum, 0 uur gesprekken met de docent, 0 uur onderling overleg met medestudenten (werkgroepen, projectwerk e.d.), 0 uur zelfstudie
3 ec * 28 u/ec + #std * (1 + 3ec * 0.15 u/student/ec)


prof. dr. Erik Barendsen


prof. dr. ir. Theo van der Weide

speciale web-site


The course 'Information and Communication Technology in a different culture' is intended as an international broadening course to explore levels, practice and opportunities & threats for Information and Communication Technology in a non-western context.

In 2006/2007 Uganda will be the centre of interest, a student trip to Uganda will be part of the course.


As a result of active participation in the student trip to Uganda and a substantive study of literature, the student will be able for a specific situation (i.c. Uganda in 2006):

  1. To describe the overall economic situation and the governmental policy on it as well on a macro-economic level as on a micro level in which groups of individuals (trained/untrained, employee/(very) small business owner / informal sector/ unemployed, poor/rich, city/rural) are studied.
  2. To describe the educational level of the population and the corresponding governmental educational policy.
  3. To make a motivated comparison regarding design and level of the educational programs Computing Science and Information Science at the Radboud University and a university in Uganda (including positive aspects for each country)
  4. To indicate the opportunities for Computing Science and Information Science research for both universities and industry.
  5. To indicate current ICT utilization in Uganda at university, government and industry both in the capital and and in the rural areas.
  6. To describe the current status of the Uganda infrastructure with special emphasis on availability of hardware (distribution and communication channels, supply of parts), opportunities for maintenance and available knowledge and skills (at several levels including the Dutch vocational levels mbo and hbo).
After successful completion of the course, students are capable to provide a motivated answer on questions regarding the further introduction of ICT in Uganda, focusing on the one hand on usefulness and sensibility issues and on the other hand on feasibility restrictions and opportunities in the context of
  • industry (in what sectors and what problems can be expected?)
  • government (idem)
  • university (idem)
This should also include cultural and other societal aspects of relevance.


Participants have to attend all course meetings. They study the material supplied. Individually, they will look up information and study it as preparation for the actual study tour.

During the trip, the participants work group wise. Besides the common, general points (A) and (B), each group gets assigned to one of the following focus points:

  1. (C) Education
  2. (D) Research
  3. (E) Current practice
  4. (F) Infrastructure
Before the study trip, they will make a visit plan, stating what special activities are planned, what interviews and what topics will be addressed in each interview.

Each group writes a report (typically 8 a 10 pages). Do not forget to include your motivated answer on questions regarding the further introduction of ICT technology in Uganda. Reports and findings will be presented in a colloquium that is organized by the participants at most 1 month after the visit to Uganda.


Participants get a reader, and will have to search themselves other relevant material (please don't forget to visit the website of IICD in The Hague).

Evaluatie: studentenquêtes ; geen docentevaluatie bekend Rendement: 20 begonnen, echt meegedaan, geslaagd met 1e kans, geslaagd totaal