Technology has invaded all domains of our private and public lives, often complicating key categories that we use to speak about law, politics and ethics, such as responsibility, territory, the integrity of the body and privacy. In this course we will study recent phenomena, such as predictive policing, drone warfare, digital surveillance, medical technologies and judicial decision-making processes. We will discuss their implications for our understanding of justice, politics and the law in a series of sessions in which we read excerpts from current political discussions, theoretical and philosophical texts, as well as a selection of recent films that revolve around questions of technology. The assumption behind the course is that cinema can broach questions about the moral, legal and political implications of technology in new ways that sometimes challenge our received ways of understanding and invite us to rethink things that we have taken for granted.
Readings include essays by Antoinetta Rouvroy, Mireille Hildebrandt, Bernard Stiegler, Grégoire Chamayou, Alexander Galloway. Films include Minority Report, V for Vendetta, The Children Act, Eye in the Sky, as well as documentaries by Adam Curtis and experimental videos of Hito Steyerl and Eyal Weizman.
Students are required to give an oral presentation on course materials and to write a blog or to create a video essay or podcast on a topical contemporary issue of their choice.
After completing this course students:
have gained insight in recent debates about technology, politics and the law
understand key concepts used in contemporary theoretical and philosophical debates about technology
are able to analyze fiction films, documentaries and experimental video’s and to reflect on the larger issues that they (implicitly) raise
are able to apply their knowledge to current affairs and cultural texts
have developed their ability to reflect on the aforementioned issues in oral presentations, and in writing or / and video.
The timetables are available through MyTimetable.
Mode of instruction
- Oral presentation
- Blog or Video Essay
Partcipation (10%); Oral presentation (20%); Blog or Video Essay (70%)
Blog or Video Essay (70%)
Inspection and feedback
Students will receive written feedback on their work.
All literature will be made available through Brightspace.
Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.
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