Full course description
In this course, we will explore questions related to surveillance society and investigate if and why privacy still matters in the digital world. You study the effects of surveillance on social behaviour, culture and self-understanding, and on rules and regulations of digital platforms and policies. The course runs over the entire year, and analyses privacy and surveillance in the different domains touched upon in other first year courses: society, politics, culture and the global context. You will also learn about surveillance and privacy in non-Western contexts.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- identify different concepts of and approaches to privacy and surveillance;
- explain examples of privacy violations and surveillance practices in their relevant political, legal and cultural contexts (e.g. related to social media, search engines, apps);
- apply your knowledge about privacy and surveillance to concrete debates and developments in society and identify underlying surveillance narratives;
- analyze and evaluate the consequences of technological developments for privacy and surveillance;
- collaborate (and reflect on collaboration) with a team from different backgrounds (and ideally different cultures) over an extended period of 1 full semester both orally in small group meetings and in collaborative writing;
- formulate a research problem arising from digitalization in the areas of privacy and surveillance, and identify appropriate sources and articulate results.
- Lyon, D. (2018). The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
- Solove, D. (2008). Understanding Privacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.