At the end of the course, students will be able to…:|
(between brackets the number of the corresponding intended learning qualification of the programme)
- explain the concept of trust, as a psychological and social construct, and the processes involved in its creation and maintenance (1.1, 1.3);
- describe the various risks inherent in computer-mediated interactions and exchanges (1.3);
- theoretically explain variations in people’s attitude towards online information privacy and the different privacy-related behaviours people perform in the online environment (1.1);
- participate in historical and contemporary debates about the meaning of privacy and its role in ethical life (1.5, 5.1);
- discuss the implications of modern information technology for information privacy (1.3, 6.1);
- discuss the protection of privacy as a fundamental human right and its interference with other fundamental rights and principle (1.5);
- analyse cases of potential information privacy violations in an online context by applying European privacy legislations (1.3, 1.5, 6.1).
This course will address the topic of online communication and privacy from four different perspectives, namely (a) behavioural, (b) ethical, (c) legal, and (d) technical. Each perspective on privacy will be thoroughly discussed in small-scale courses that will be taught by a content expert or thematic researcher.
For the behavioural aspect of privacy, the discussions will concentrate on the interplay among trust, risk perception, and the individual decision to either safeguard or compromise one’s information privacy in the online environment. This component of the 6 EC course will also look into the nature of the privacy paradox.
For the ethical aspect of privacy, the primary focus will be on the ethical and the moral bases for the individual right to privacy. Furthermore, the discussion will also tackle the tension between an individual’s claim to privacy and the communitarian need for transparency and openness.
For the legal aspect of privacy, students will have the opportunity to understand institutional efforts to safeguard citizens’ personal data, and subsequently their right to privacy. During the sessions, the critical role of the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) in protecting EU citizens’ information privacy will be discussed in depth.
Finally, for the technical aspect of privacy, the sessions will deal with the ways current forms of technologies are utilized to both violate and protect people’s privacy when they are engaged in various activities in the digital environment.