Privacy: Legal, Ethical, Medical and many more Perspectives



  • mr. drs. Bart van der Sloot
  • prof. dr. Beate Roessler

Study load

This course is taught at the level of second-year students. If you want to do this course, you first need to have finished, or are participating in, Basic Course Privacy Studies 1.


After completing this course:

  • the student is able to understand the relevance of the topic of privacy for the different academic disciplines discussed.
  • the student is able to apply the insights independently to current privacy problems.
  • the student is able to analyze (potential) privacy risks and to formulate solutions to alleviate those risks.
  • the student is able to formulate those solutions by integrating the insights of the different disciplines.


In seven lectures, privacy issues will be discussed from various disciplines. These lectures will be given by top scientists from various faculties of the University of Amsterdam. The subjects and their lecturers are:

Class 1: Ethics, by Beate Roessler
Class 2: Political Science, by Marieke de Goede
Class 3: Law, by Nico van Eijk
Class 4: Anthropology, by Sjaak van der Geest
Class 5: Economy, by Edo Roos Lindgreen
Class 6: Medicine, by *TBA*
Class 7: Informatics & interactive debate, by Matthijs Koot & Hans de Zwart

Minor Privacy Studies

Basic course Privacy Studies 2 is part of the Minor Privacy Studies which offers students an opportunity to engage in this interdisciplinary field and will provide them with, among others, ethical, legal, economical, technical and medical approaches to privacy. The courses are open to students from all academic backgrounds and Faculties and the minor aims at attracting a diverse student population. More information about the minor here.


UvA-students can register themself from Thursday 16 June 2016 (look for code 5512PLEM6Y in SIS) until a week before the start of the course. If you have any trouble while registering please contact:

Other parties, such as contract students or students from other institutions, interested can register from 1 June 2016 through the registration form.


Information about the costs of the course can be found here.


For the most up-to-date timetable visit:[55343]

Study materials

Study materials will be made available on Blackboard.


Two written exams.


For more information about this course or the minor privacy, please contact us through:

Conditions for admission
6 ECTS, 8 weeks
Language of instruction
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Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies