Copenhagen, Denmark

Privacy Challenged in Past, Present and Future: a Multi-disciplinary Approach

online course
when 9 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee DKK 1875

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 is the opposite not only of ‘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.

This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to privacy past and present. The course will introduce the students to a broad array of approaches and analytical skills. It will teach them to examine how delineations of privacy permeate widely different dimensions of Western culture, while opening a view towards a global perspective and discussing if, where and how privacy can be protected in the future. Bridging the gap between past and present, the course introduces a new approach both to historical studies and to studies of contemporary culture and society.

Target group

Bachelor and master students.

This course is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students as well as first year graduate students. You must have completed 120 ECTS points before the summer course begins.

Course aim

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 work across different periods and societal contexts; and, finally, have experienced an open and inquisitive scholarly atmosphere.

Fee info

DKK 1875: EU/EEA citizens
DKK 4000: Non-EU/EEA citizens

Students enrolled at UTokyo do not have to pay tuition fee acording to the IARU Course exchange agreement