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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2009

EUS 347 • Representatns of Surveillance

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35655 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Course Description

Representations of surveillance in public debates, philosophy, and film.What exactly is surveillance? And which forms can it take? What are its dangers and advantages; in other words, does it change our thinking and acting and if, in what ways? Is it only a repressive instrument or does it on the contrary allow for or produce individual expression and can sometimes even be a source of pleasure? We will not answer these questions ourselves, but analyze the way they are answered explicitly or implicitly in public debates and awareness campaigns, in philosophy and mainstream films. Especially the analysis of debates and public awareness campaigns might give us the opportunity to identify cultural differences between the US and Germany/Europe with regard to conceptions of surveillance. A reader with relevant primary literature will be available and additional film screenings are envisaged.

Grading Policy

Course Requirements: " Three Film Reviews of 2 pages each 30% " Mid-Term Exam 20% " Participation 20% " Final-Paper (10 pages) 30%


Readings (selections of): " Judith Wagner DeCew: In Pursuit of Privacy: Law, Ethics, and the Rise of Technology. Cornell University Press, 1997 " Michel Foucault: Discipline and Punishment. The birth of the prison. Vintage 1995 " Raymond Geuss: Public Goods, Private Goods. Princeton University Press 2003 " Richard Sennett: The fall of Public Man. Penguin Books. 2003 " Robert O. Harrow: No place to hide. Free Press. 2005 Online Resources: " American Liberty Union: " Electronic Frontier Foundation: " Chaos Computer Club: " Datenschutzbeauftragte: " Wikipedia -org/-de, entry surveillance/Ɯberwachung Films: " The Conversion. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. USA 1975. " 1984. Dir. Michael Radford. GB 1984. " Death Watch. France/Germany/GB. Dir. Bertrand Tavernier 1980. " Enemy of the State. Dir. Tony Scott 1998. " I believed to see Prisoners. Dir. Harun Farocki. Videoinstallation Germ. 2000


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