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ACR210 - Crime, Surveillance and Society

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 (alternate years 2016, 2018) and Trimester 3 (alternate years 2017, 2019) (Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online))

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Molnar

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.


Policy Report (2000 words – 50%)

Presentation (1000 words or equivalent – 25%)

Online Exercises (25%)

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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