HUM 320 Surveillance Society

This course presents an interdisciplinary exploration of surveillance and control in historical and contemporary contexts using fiction and non-fiction texts. The exploration begins by engaging the narrative of a Civil War Era slave who escapes her overseer. The discussion then moves to the classic dystopian big brother narrative Nineteen Eight-Four. Moving from archetypal surveillance and control to a contemporary exploration of resistance to surveillance, students engage with Suzanne Collins' heroine Katniss Everdeen. The class will culminate with students identifying a key theme of their own choice and then collecting and digitizing their work into a technology-based project. Overall, students will acquire the academic framework to help them understand the field of Digital Humanities both within the course and across the courses they have already explored at the university.