Oslo, Norway

Innovative e-governance in local democracy

when 6 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 100

Electronic governance (e-governance), generally understood as the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in various spheres of political life, plays a significant role in democratic societies. Researchers in computer and social sciences have examined e-governance as a tool for strengthening local democracy and realizing direct participation of citizens in political life.

The main topic of this course will focus on the role of ICT in enhancing the accessibility, transparency, and accountability of public services in contemporary democracies. Communication between citizens and government has historically been challenged by inefficiencies and limited opportunities for dialog.

The course will also provide a platform for further research, co-creation and co-production on the following topics:

- empirical analysis of ICT in political systems,
- comparative local e-governance in different types of democracies,
- local ICT policy reforms and their implementation,
- ethical reflections on security, privacy, and surveillance of e-governance solutions cooperation in intercultural and interdisciplinary communication and networking

This course supports OsloMet's ambition to drive progress on the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other things through innovation camp challenge.

Target group

In addition to the general requirements for the Summer School, students need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the course.

Students from any field, age and country are welcome to apply! The Summer School is hosted by the Department of Computer Science under the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at Oslo Metropolitan University. Please check the home page for more information regarding prerequisites for this course.

Course aim

On successful completion of this course, the students understand:

- e-governance as a concept and its development through time
- the role of cooperation of various actors in the political field including government agencies and the ICT industry
- ethical reflections on the role of ICT in political participation
relevant interdisciplinary research collaboration and intercultural communication

Credits info

10 EC
8 weeks. Blended learning with 4 weeks in class at OsloMet, plus 4 weeks online.

Fee info

EUR 100: NOK 1000: All participants at OsloMet International Summer School must pay a summer school fee of 1000 NOK.

This covers participation, arrival service, welcome pack, social program, and excursions.