Surveillance in the Facebook Age

Do you care if the government is listening to your phone calls, or monitoring your emails and online activity? How about the University? Should it be allowed to monitor your dorms? Your rooms? How about your parents? Does privacy even exist in the digital age? In this course, students will grapple with ethical and legal questions on whether, and if so how, states, corporations and individuals should employ surveillance in the United States. Students will consider the dangers and benefits of surveillance by reading George Orwell’s book 1984, watching documentaries about Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, and examining relevant case studies. Other materials will include movies, role-playing, and debates. This course fulfills the FYP general education requirement.

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