Pols_190_Syllabusx_Fallx_2008 - 1 Syllabus Pols 190 Senior...

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1 Syllabus Pols 190: Senior Seminar Office: BT455 Privacy, Technology and Society Phone: 924.5346, email: [email protected] Professor Ken Nuger Office Hours: 8:15-8:45,10:30-noon T and Th, Fall, 2008 5:15-5:45 p.m. T and by appointment Course website: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty_and_staff/faculty_detail.jsp?id=2340 Political Science 190: Privacy, Technology and Society Humanity's desire, or perhaps more accurately, need for privacy can be traced back at least to Adam and Eve wishing to cover themselves with fig leaves after their infamous snack. Throughout human history, people have developed ever interesting and complex ways to both invade privacy and protect it. However, when electricity was discovered and harnessed in the 19 th century and 20 th centuries, the potential for technological devices to invade human privacy grew at an astonishingly rapid and rate. Now, at the dawn of the 21 st century, humanity has exercised its collective creative genius to allow itself the ability to remove the cloak of "self" from individuals, exposing virtually every aspect of an individual's personal life to the scrutiny of the public. Will technological advancements slowly erode individual privacy leaving merely a glass house for humanity to reside in? Has the concept of privacy already vanished? Can humans physically and emotionally thrive, or at a minimum, at least survive in a society where privacy does not exist? The question may not be, do we desire privacy but rather, do we need it? This course examines, seminar style, the developing relationship between technological progress and privacy and its resulting effects on society. The course examines the philosophical, historical, legal, psychological and sociological aspects of privacy and the role privacy plays for the well being of human kind. Concurrently, the course examines how technological advancements affects privacy, both as a means of threatening it as well as a protecting it. What is a seminar? A seminar is different from most undergraduate courses. Rather than lectures with some discussion or a lab, a seminar in the social sciences teaches students by engaging them in focused group discussions. It is by design, small to ensure that EVERYONE is actively involved in developing and sustaining serious oral reflection and analysis of the themes each seminar session addresses. To the extent that the professor lectures, the professor's role is to explain key concepts, develop the foundation of the discussion and then facilitate and direct quality group discussion that focuses on the topics of the day. In essence, each of you will be teaching each other. All students will do all of the readings for all seminar sessions but individual students will be responsible for sharing with the professor, the responsibility of taking the lead in presenting the major points of a particular part of the reading assignment to the seminar's participants. Grading
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