BSc International Business, Finance and Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide

Unit code BMAN32062
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course addresses the following topics:

• Introduction

What is the digital divide? Trends and developments

Digital Divides - from access to skills?

• Globalization

Globalization, the networked society and networked economy

Digital Innovation and a New Economy

Policy and Inclusion in the Information Society innovation

• Governance and the New Economy

Managing Freedom, Privacy and Surveillance

Digital Creativity

• Digital Inclusion and Development

Smart Cities, Networking with Objects

New Forms of Management? Open Source and Social Networking

• Conclusion/ Revision/ Presentations

Conclusion/ revision lecture

Group Presentations


Student must be registered on BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM, IMABS, IBFE and ITMB/ITMB Specialism.


The digital divide represents an uneven distribution between individuals who are able to access computers and the Internet (therefore skills, services, practices and products associated) and those who cannot, but it continues to change as a digital economy and society develops.
The aim of this course is to examine the business implications of the growth of access to computers and the Internet, along with the political, social and ethical issues. The course will examine theoretical foundations, transition and governance issues, diversity and access issues, and contemporary cases on this topic. Political and social issues include ethical and societal ramifications.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Understand the problems associated with the digital divide
- Describe the economics and identify risks of the digital divide.
- Evaluate appropriate governance models
- Critically evaluate the implications of the digital divide on individuals, countries and society

Have a familiarity with:
- the techniques and tools of that have been developed to address this phenomenon
- the specificity and complexity of technological inequality

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: Lectures/seminars

Lecture hours: 24

Seminar hours: 10 (1 hour every week)

Private study: 166

Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours

Assessment methods

Assessment methodsWritten exam in 3 hours - 80%Group project & presentation - 20%

Feedback methods

• Informal advice and discussion during lectures and seminars.

• Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

• Specific course related feedback sessions.

• Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.

• Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Project supervision 1
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 165

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anita Greenhill Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: N/A
Co-requisites: N/A
Dependent courses: N/A

Programme Restrictions: This course is available to final year students on BSc Management / Management (specialism), BSc International Management, BSc International Management with American Business Studies, IBFE and ITMB/ITMB Specialism.

For Academic Year 2021/22

Updated: March 2021

Approved by: March UG Committee

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