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ACR210 - Crime, Surveillance and Society

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 (alternate years 2018, 2020) and Trimester 3 (alternate years 2019, 2021)

(Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online))

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Chris Linke


4 credit points at any level



Incompatible with:

ASL225, ACR310

Contact hours:

Campus: 4-5 x 3 hour Seminars per Trimester

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit introduces students to the concept of surveillance as a key and largely overlooked element of modern criminological theory, policy and practice. Surveillance is historically embedded within early criminological theory, but more recently has become a standard policy response that connects intelligence, new technology and rapid information flows to convey an appearance of an efficient and responsive justice system. However, critical surveillance theory also recognises the problems of focusing on technology alone given the broader expansion of ‘governance through crime’ in recent times. Contemporary surveillance policies intersect with many fields, including crime prevention, the management of dangerous spaces and people, the more routine forms of accountability impacting on police and other justice personnel, and the various domestic and international principles of individual rights to privacy. The centrality of these issues in interpreting current developments and driving future research, policy and practice across the justice sector is examined in the context of the growing impact of risk in the criminological landscape.


Report, 50%, 2000 words

Presentation, 25%, 1000 words

Class/Online Exercises, 25%

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