Sociology and Criminology

Surveillance, Technology and Control

Module code: L4109B
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

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
  • welfare
  • border control
  • consumption.

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.