11.423 Information and Communication Technologies in Community Development

Spring 2004

Participatory mapping workshop.
Participatory mapping workshop. (Photo courtesy of Lorlene Hoyt.)

Course Highlights

Thesis papers from graduates of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning are presented in the study materials section. Student projects, which capture the heart of the course, are available in the projects section.

Course Description

This practicum subject integrates theory and practice through the design, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive community information infrastructure that promotes democratic involvement and informs community development projects. Students work with Lawrence Community Works, Inc. to involve constituents and generate solutions to an important planning problem in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Final project presentations take place in a public forum, and serve to inform future development of the information infrastructure. Subject begins with an overview of the digital divide, e-government, public participation GIS, and neighborhood information systems. Subject includes a reflection component and a deliberate investigation of race, class, and gender dynamics.
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Prof. Lorlene Hoyt
Prof. Langley Keyes

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
Lecture 1: 3 hours / session
Lecture 2: 1.5 hours / session