Student Directed Seminar: CPEN 400S “Creating a Prosperous New World: How Technology Can Make it Happen”

Student Directed Seminar: CPEN 400S “Creating a Prosperous New World: How Technology Can Make it Happen” is an interdisciplinary 3-credit seminar that combines computer science, political science and economics to study the impact of technology in developing counties. The primary goal of this seminar is to equip students with a more comprehensive understanding of the specific problems in developing countries (broken infrastructure, war, lack of access to information and tools), the causes of them and how technology can help solve these global issues. The seminar will cover different stages of conflict while focusing on radicalization and counter-terrorism, migration crises, and democratizing technology. Students will research current technologies that can be applied at each stage wile also designing and pitching a new technology that has yet to be developed in these regions.

When:
Winter 2019 Term 2. Time and location will be scheduled before the start of the term.

Prerequisites:
Preference is given to students with at least 3rd year standing but all interested applicants are encouraged to apply. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the course, preference is given to students who have taken at least six credits in any of these subjects: APSC, CPEN, CPSC, COGS, POLI, ECON.

How to apply:
Submit the short survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88kLrrWRVSxapb7 by December 24th. Selected students will receive an email from the course co-coordinators by December 26th on how to register for the course.

Contact info:
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the course co-coordinators.
Beriwan Salamat-Ravandi – beriwanravandi {at} gmail.com
Amanda Hage-Hassan – amandahagehassan {at} gmail.com