230129 SE Tracking - Targeting - Predicting. On Technologies of Surveillance and Control (2016S)
- Registration is open from Tu 09.02.2016 09:00 to Mo 22.02.2016 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Su 06.03.2016 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Mittwoch, 09.03.2016: Exkursion 09:00-14:00
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
- Active participation in class discussions and throughout the course, including one or two excursions.
- Reading responses. For each session, students are to read the core literature and upload roughly half a page per paper given a very short summary and reflecting on the required readings, indicating what they found most interesting/problematic about the readings, and/or how they see it in relation to the rest of the course. The purpose of the reading responses is to facilitate discussion in class. Reading responses are to be sent to the lecturer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6pm the evening before each meeting.
- Reflection of your own tracking and targeting habits and to learn strategies how to avoid being tracked (also via and especially during your group work). (Requirements include: sending an encrypted email to the lecturer, having installed and experimented with TOR (https://www.torproject.org) and eventually with TAILS (https://tails.boum.org/index.en.html))
- Conduct a group project. Possible topics include:
(1) conceptualizing and conducting a ‘NSA tour’ through Vienna;
(2) understanding the principles of cryptography and organizing a cryptoparty;
(3) watching the watchers - working with the Snowden archives, ICwatch, etc;
(4) Staatsschutz in Austria;
(5) Understanding and explaining Smart CCTV and conceptualizing a CCTV walk through Vienna;
(6) organizing a surveillance expert discussion panel on surveillance; and many more …
- Document the group project (paper, website, audio format etc.)
- Oral presentation of the group work
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:Active participation: 20 points, assessed individually
Written reading responses: 20 points, assessed individually
Group work: 30 points, assessed as group work
Oral presentation and documentation of group work: 30 points, assessed as group workMinimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Grades
100-87 points: Excellent (1)
86-75 points: Good (2)
74-63 points: Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points: Sufficient (4)
49-0 points: Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as 'fail' (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as 'not assessed' and will be entered into the electronic exam record as 'fraudulently obtained'. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.