In this course, we will study the theoretical foundations of modern cryptography. The focus of the course is to understand what cryptographic problems can be solved, and under what assumptions. Most of the course will follow the presentation of the relevant material in the books Foundations of Cryptography, Volumes 1 and 2, by Oded Goldreich. (Volume 1 can be found in the library in the "reserved" section. I hope that Volume 2 will also be made available.) The course obligations include exercises and a final exam. In addition, there will be reading assignments on important material that we will not have time to cover in class.
The 89-856 course consists of 12-13 one-and-a-half hour lectures, and its syllabus can be found here.
The 89-653 course consists of 24-26 one-and-a-half hour lectures, and its syllabus can be found here.