Surveillance, Technology and Control (L4109A)
30 credits, Level 6
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 - you are encouraged to analyse contemporary surveillance trends in the light of shifting constellations of power, politics, resistance and control.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Criminology BA
- Criminology and Sociology BA
- History and Sociology BA
- International Relations and Sociology BA
- Philosophy and Sociology BA
- Politics and Sociology BA
- Sociology BA
- Sociology and International Development BA
- Sociology with Cultural Studies BA
- Sociology with Media Studies BA
- Sociology with a Language BA