Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most puzzling. As technology makes information more accessible; academics, activists, policymakers, and citizens struggle to define (and redefine) the meaning of privacy. By providing a thematic overview of the topic of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, this course prepares Honors students for critical engagement with the many and diverse public policy, legal, and ethical debates that surround privacy.
The course focus will provide students with the opportunity to participate in weekly seminar discussions regarding the impact of technology on the ways in which privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.
Topics of analysis include, but are not limited to:
- The history of privacy
- Cultural variations of privacy
- Philosophical definitions of privacy and debates about the moral/ethical status of privacy
- Legal/constitutional interpretations of the right to privacy
- The impact of technology on the meaning of privacy