PRIVACY CHALLENGED IN PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH (Summer 2021)
An integrated examination of historical and contemporary notions of privacy and the private help us to see our own time in a novel light.
Everybody agrees that privacy is essential, but no authoritative definition exists. Notions of privacy and private concern the confrontation between the individual and his or her surroundings and the boundaries drawn in this context. Recent technological innovations have incited a general concern with privacy, but also narrowed our understanding. We associate privacy with data protection and consider it as a value that is relevant only for our age.
Privacy, however, has deep historical roots. When we study privacy across the gap between past and present, we gain a better sense of the rich and complex implications of the evasive term ‘private’ which contrasts not only ‘public’, but also of ‘professional’, ‘common’ and ‘evident’. A multi-perspectival view shows how notions of privacy past and present shape and are shaped by a broad range of societal factors. Finally, an integrated examination of historical and contemporary notions of privacy and the private help us to see our own time in a novel light.
Each day will focus on a specific topic, seen from a historical and a contemporary perspective.
The provisional topics for the summer course are:
• Architectural framing of private space
• Privacy and surveillance
• Privacy and health confidentiality
• Privacy in society: from potential societal threat to human right
• Privacy and the self
• Privacy and Politics
• Privacy in Art and Literature
The course will also feature student presentations and group excursions:
The assessment is based on two parts:
Course participation: Active class attendance (75% attendance). Active course participation is a prerequisite for writing the exam paper.
Undergraduate requirements: Familiarity with a reading list (primary and secondary literature) of 600 - 750 pages. A written paper of 16,800 – 21,600 characters approx. 7-9 pages (formally, 2400 characters per page, including spaces), based on 250-300 pages of primary literature.
Master requirements: Familiarity with a reading list (primary and secondary literature) of 600 - 750 pages. A written paper of 19,200 – 24,000 characters approx. 8-10 pages (formally, 2400 characters per page, including spaces), based on 450-600 pages of primary literature.
Assessment: Danish 7-point grading scale and ECTS letter grading scale.
Final Paper due 15 September.
Classes include lectures, discussions and group work. After
completion of the course, the students will have learned analytical
skills suited to a broad range of materials; have been trained to
across different periods and societal contexts; and, finally, have experienced an open and inquisitive scholarly atmosphere.
Chartier, Roger with Philippe Ariès and Georges Duby (eds), A History of Private Life, Volume III: Passions of the Renaissance (Harvard; Belknap Press: 1989)
Rössler, Beate, The Value of Privacy (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014)
Sloot, Bart van der and Aviva de Groot (eds), The Handbook of Privacy Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018)
The course aims at BA and MA students. You must have completed 120 ECTS points before the summer course begins.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Single subject courses (day)
- Class Instruction
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
BachelorBachelor choiceFull Degree Master choicePart Time Master
- Autumn And Summer
Week 33 and 34
- Study board of Theology
- Faculty of Theology
- Mette Birkedal Bruun (3-7166664478697370326f7932686f)
Mette Birkedal Bruun, Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen
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