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STEM470 - Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Privacy and Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: STEM470 Course ID: 5178 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers an opportunity for students to look into the surveillance that takes place at all levels in today’s world. The course will first review the collection of surveillance technologies such as CCTV, border control, traffic cameras, etc. The course will then continue onward to look into such innocuous and hidden data collection such as website analytics, app data collection, online identity databases, and more. These topics will be viewed not only from the collection standpoint but also from a privacy standpoint and an ethical standpoint. Students will study these data collections and look at the rationales for their collection and be encouraged to justify or refute these collections on an ethical or privacy basis.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO 1 – Develop an understanding of the impact of technological solutions in a social context.

CO 2 – Understand various types of surveillance and its evolution

CO 3 – Analyze motives and methods for data collection

CO 4 – Engage in an open debate on the role that surveillance should play in today’s society and how the government and private sector are handling privacy concerns

CO 5 – Analyze various concept of privacy as applied to surveillance and data collection

CO 6 – Understand the development of the digital self, specifically how the individual of the real world has developed their identity online.

5 Discussions worth a total of 30% of the course grade

5 Assignments worth a total of 50% of the course grade

1 Worksheet worth 10% of the course grade

1 Paper worth 10% of the course grade

Book Title: Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info:
ISBN: D2L Note

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.