Germany, Berlin

Surveillance Technologies & Cultural Transformation

when 22 July 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1950

The course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of surveillance and covers the latest research in the following major areas:

- Relationship between surveillance, power and social control
- The concept of privacy
- Surveillance in the arts and popular culture

The first unit of the course offers an introduction into the history and theory of surveillance and surveillance technology (e.g. close-circuit television (CCTV) in public and quasi-public spaces, biometrics, data mining, monitoring technologies in cyberspaces, workplaces and private spaces). The second unit investigates films, novels, art and popular culture (e.g. Reality Television and Social Networking Sites) that prominently address the subject. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences, contemporary fiction and popular media. Several films will be shown to facilitate critical inquiry.

Course leader

Dr. Betiel Wasihun

Target group

Students interested in surveillance technologies and their impact on society.

Course aim

- Understanding the origins of surveillance in contemporary society
- Critical assessment of the changing social processes and the cultural production against the backdrop of surveillance and technology
- General knowledge of the field of critical surveillance studies and contemporary cultures of surveillance
- Employing the theoretical frameworks concerning surveillance and identity
- Examining the effects of surveillance on individuals, social organization, cultural production (e.g. through analysing art work, novels, films)

Credits info

5 EC
5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course.

Fee info

EUR 1950: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities.