Human Diversity in the Global Information Economy
Globalization, human diversity and their impacts on IT products, work, workforce, and the knowledge economy and social inclusion in general. IST 341 Human Diversity in the Global Information Technology (3) (US;IL) This course examines the effects of human diversity on the analysis, development and use of information systems and technology. This course explores the meaning and implications of diversity. It takes a comprehensive view of diversity that builds upon the notion of ‘diversity’ as ‘differences.’ When applied to demographic characteristics of the IT workforce and IT user base, the term includes such meanings as: race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, age and disability. The concept of diversity is also applied beyond demographic attributes to also include the characteristics of individuals that make them unique in the ways that they bring different skills, thoughts, perspectives, ideas and talents to the work place. The concept of diversity in IT work is examined from two different viewpoints: that of the ‘minority’ person who is interacting with the ‘majority’ person; and that of the ‘majority’ person who wants to develop greater awareness regarding successful interaction with ‘minority’ individuals. This course makes extensive use of problem-based learning, experiential learning, case studies, guest speakers and team work with students in other countries.