Course Details

The Surveillance State

The seminar will examine the myriad ways in which both Federal and State governments collect information about citizens and institutions, both openly and surreptitiously. The seminar will begin with a review of fourth and fifth amendment principles and then move on to topics such as searches of cell phones, cell phone tower data, email (and other communication software like Facebook) and computers and other data storage devices. The implications of encryption will be examined. National security letters, the FISA Court, and privacy/security at the border will also be examined. With any time remaining, selected areas in the special needs/administrative search area will also be examined. A research paper will be required. Each participant will present their paper during the seminar to the class for constructive feedback. The grade will be based in equal measure on the research paper and class participation.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 850
Additional Course Information: Research Writing


Course History

Fall 2019
Title: The Surveillance State
Faculty: Allen, Ronald J. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 23