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LIS-S 404 Surveillance Studies

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • Semesters offered: Spring
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  • Data-driven surveillance can breach values, target individuals and disenfranchised groups, and infringe expected rights. This course critically analyzes surveillance practices, their benefits and harms, and considers contextual norms, policies, and laws. Topics include user monitoring on social networking sites, healthcare and personalized medicine, and mass surveillance for national security.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Compare and contrast different types of surveillance practices.
    2. Deconstruct analytically surveillance systems to identify how connected data systems build comprehensive profiles of individuals.
    3. Differentiate between surveillance systems that promote and inhibit values.
    4. Critique a surveillance practice in a specific context and recommend changes to maximize the benefits and limit the harms to individuals and values.