ACR210 - Crime, Surveillance and Society


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Alternate years 2020, 2022
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Alternate years 2021, 2023
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



Students must complete 4 credit points at any level



Incompatible with:

ASL225, ACR310

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4-5 x 3-hour seminars per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

4-5 x 3-hour online seminars per trimester


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.

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