Sociology and Criminology

Surveillance, Technology and Control

Module code: L4109A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

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.

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.