Information Ethics and Privacy, Elective

Course content

Most activities in contemporary information society leave digital footprints that together might reveal stories about people and their lives.  Many governments and corporations collect, analyze, and disseminate these digital footprints to gain insights into the behavior and affairs of its citizens and costumers.  Sometimes this creates a tension between the watched and watchers.  It can create tensions between the desire to gather and use private data and the wish to remain private.  Between the nature of public and private.  This course explores conceptual, theoretical, ethical, and practical consequences of the rise of the surveillance society and the changed state of privacy.  The course introduces students to key concepts and frameworks that allow them to analyze and interpret surveillance and privacy situations and actions - including their ethical implications -  in a rigorouss manner and from an ethical perspective.  Students will be given opportunities to pursue their own interest in the area, e.g. privacy issues with Facebook, Google, big data, social media, data ethics, intelligence ethics, AI and robots, tracking and profiling, privacy by design, GDPR, etc.  Students will after completing the course be prepared to engage in the formulation of information and privacy policies and practices.


Fagstudieordning for KA-TV for Informationsstudier 2019 


KA STO 2016:


Learning outcome

Academic aims for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

knowledge and understanding of:

  • A specific subject within library and information science.
  • Relevant theories and methods related to the module's theme.


skills in:

  • Identifying and outlining academic issues within library and information science and make these the object of independent analysis.
  • Reflecting critically on theoretical and methodological choices in relation to an academic issue.
  • Expanding on and putting a chosen subject field within library and information science into perspective.


competences in:

  • Applying relevant theories and methods to a subject within library and information science.
  • Communicating a scientifically studied issue

Seminar style class discussions

Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

  • Frischmann, Brett and Selinger, Evan (2018). Re-Engineering Humanity. Cambridge University Press.
  • Harcourts, Bernard E. 2015. Exposed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

  • Lynch, Michael P. 2019. Know-it-all Society. Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture. Leveright Publishing Corporation.

  • Solove, Daniel J. (2008). Understanding Privacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Students will receive feedback multiple times during the course of the semester.  

Type of assessment
Written assignment
Eksaminations language: Engelsk
Extent: 16-20 standard pages. for an individual exam

Students enrolled at KA_2016 - see curriculum Elective within the Main Subject 3 and 4. https:/​/​​uddannelser/​aktuelle_studieordninger/​informationsstudier/​informationsvidenskab_og_kulturformidling_ma
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 364,5
  • English
  • 409,5


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

Se skema under kursusbeskrivelsen
30 deltagere
Department of information studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Information Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Sille Obelitz Søe   (13-7e74777770397a6d7077747f854b738078397680396f76)

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