LAW 3603 - Surveillance and Big Data

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course will explore the implications of the new intensive data gathering arising from the ubiquitous media technologies that surround us. It will cover theories of surveillance and then look at the practices of data gathering and consider the impact on areas such as freedom of expression, privacy, and identity. The course will consider the governance of surveillance and then compare current policy regimes towards big data use in Australia, the US, the UK and the EU. The prevalence of predictive algorithms and the uses to which they are being put will be interrogated, and the possibilities for future policy directions explored, with an emphasis on the areas of transparency and accountability.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3603
    Course Surveillance and Big Data
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites LAW 1501
    Assumed Knowledge LAW 1501
    Course Description This course will explore the implications of the new intensive data gathering arising from the ubiquitous media technologies that surround us. It will cover theories of surveillance and then look at the practices of data gathering and consider the impact on areas such as freedom of expression, privacy, and identity. The course will consider the governance of surveillance and then compare current policy regimes towards big data use in Australia, the US, the UK and the EU. The prevalence of predictive algorithms and the uses to which they are being put will be interrogated, and the possibilities for future policy directions explored, with an emphasis on the areas of transparency and accountability.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Melissa de Zwart

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the role of digital media in shaping new practices around surveillance and privacy.
    2. Understand theories about how surveillance works in society.
    3. Understand the role of law in creating mechanisms of transparency and accountability .
    4. Understand the role of policy in creating mechanisms of transparency and accountability.
    5. Understand different regulation schemes in place across the globe.
    6. Understand the ways everyday practices are translated into data used by commercial and government organisations.
    7. Understand how the performance of identity is shaped through practices of surveillance.
    8. Understand how the practices of everyday media use are articulated with larger policy and law regimes.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There will be no set text books, but a reader will be created and students will need to access online videos outside of class times.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site will host lecture recordings, additional readings and video links.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem solving tutorials with focus on small group discovery learning experiences.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    1x2 hour lecture per week
    1x1 hour tutorial per week
    6 hours reading per week
    2 hours research per week
    2 hours assignment preparation per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weekly content will be announced at the start of the semester. It will cover selected areas from the list below.

    The Data-based Self: social media and identity

    Theories of surveillance 1: Foucault

    Theories of surveillance 2: Deleuze

    Big Data: predictive algorithms. Case study on anti-discrimination law

    Big Data: data retention and analysis – policies and practicies

    Privacy and privacy law

    Comparative regulation of data: Aust. US, UK, EU

    Corporations, consumers and data: impacts of targeting

    Surveillance and governance: NSA, 5 eyes, and Edward Snowden

    Surveillance and governance: Drones

    Looking forward: responses and solutions
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experience is embedded throughout this course. All seminars will be run with periods of time spent in small groups, where students will work on problems and exercises together under the supervision and in discussion with the Course Coordinator.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Item % of final mark Due Date
    Online Test (Multiple Choice) 10% 24 March 2016
    Online Wiki (1500 words) 30% 15 April 2016
    Tutorial Attendance & Participation 10% Ongoing
    3000 Word Essay 50% 9 June 2016


    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance in seminars is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Multiple Choice Test: an early low stakes piece of assessmen based on course readings and lecture material - 10% weighting.

    1500 word wiki entry: an online entry made with relevance to the subject area, which may include embedded multi-media material and links- 30% weighting.

    Tutorial participation: students engage in interaction in class activities and the cooperative sharing of materials and information - 10% weighting.

    3000 word essay: students will be required to write a 3000 word research essay on a question relating to surveillance and data which will be theoretically framed and draw on research in the fields of media, policy and law. - 50% weighting.

    All pieces of assessment are compulsory and non-redeemable.
    Submission
    Submissions of the wiki and online quiz will be via MyUni. Further instructions will be provided via MyUni.
    Submission of the assignment will be via Turnitin in MyUni. Furher detailed instructions will be provided via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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