MIS41240 The Encrypted Information Society: Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Freedom in Context

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module investigates cybersecurity through its intellectual history, institutions and organizations, and technological design. It adopts a broad view of the topic, exploring how “cyber” emerged in modern mathematical and scientific discoveries, flourished with twentieth century systems thinking, and sparked a vigorous debate about liberty and citizenship as it co-evolved with global, online technologies, values, and culture. Contemporary business activities related to cyber are discussed, analysed, and critiqued. Students will learn philosophical and sociological theory, politics and economics, rhetorical and cultural critique, and mechanisms of technology innovation and governance. Scholarly texts are connected to real-world case studies, from hacking and crime to corporate espionage and cyberwar.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Develop a sophisticated analysis of contemporary cybersecurity events
• Situate the cybersecurity industry in past and present economic and industrial contexts
• Understand the functional (instrumental) and strategic inputs that inform cybersecurity procurement decisions
• Debate the norms and designs of the contemporary surveillance state
• Write a scholarly essay

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assessment encompassing: classroom quizzes; Learning Log; In-class exams; Group assignment. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Summative feedback on in-class tests when set. Formative feedback in-class on work-in-progress group assignment. Summative feedback on completed activities.

Name Role
Dr Quinn Dupont Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Stefan Klein Subject Extern Examiner

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