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Privacy: Law and Philosophy

What is this concept called privacy? We’ll look at the history of privacy law in America, discuss how those foundational principles hold up in the modern age, and delve into the world of corporate information gathering and massive government surveillance. What is "privacy" in the modern age and should the law protect it? If so, how? How does it relate to changing definitions of selfhood? How do other cultures view privacy? 

Privacy
Law + Philosophy

Taught by Wendy Willis, J.D., M.F.A.


What is this concept called privacy? We’ll look at the history of privacy law in America, discuss how those foundational principles hold up in the modern age, and delve into the world of corporate information gathering and massive government surveillance. Space is limited to 25 students.

Week 1: Overview of privacy law I -- search & seizure, police encounters

Week 2: Overview of privacy law II -- bodily integrity (birth control, sodomy, etc.)

Week 3: Internet privacy issues -- Corporate data collection & government surveillance

Week 4: What is "privacy" in the modern age and should the law protect it? If so, how? How does it relate to changing definitions of selfhood? How do other cultures view privacy?