Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Surveillance and Society

Module L4109B

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module examines key developments and controversies in surveillance and security focusing upon the deployment of surveillance in diverse contexts including crime control; national security; welfare; border control and consumption. The module introduces a range of historical, theoretical and empirical contexts that advance understanding and the critical analysis of surveillance in society. Through specific case studies - including DNA databases; the Snowden Affair; the 'internet of things' and military surveillance - students are encouraged to analyse contemporary surveillance trends in the light of shifting constellations of power, politics, resistance and control.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic, coherent and detailed knowledge of trends and concepts in contemporary surveillance.

Critically assess advanced theoretical approaches towards surveillance.

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the key empirical studies in surveillance.

Critically evaluate current developments in surveillance based upon historical, theoretical, political and functional contexts.

Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply theoretical concepts to specific empirical contexts.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT2 Week 8 100.00%
Essay (4000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Fri 16:0070.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour11111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Dean Wilson

Assess convenor, Convenor

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