Surveillance, Security and Control
Module code: L4109B
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework
In this module, you examine key developments and controversies in surveillance and security.
You focus on the deployment of surveillance in diverse contexts including:
- crime control
- national security
- border control
You are introduced to a range of historical, theoretical and empirical contexts that advance your 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 - you 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.