ACR304 - Surveillance and Social Justice


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ACR210
Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

5 x 3-hour scheduled delivery per trimester comprising 1 x 1-hour class and 1 x 2-hour seminar

Scheduled learning activities - online

5 x 1-hour class (recordings provided) and 5 x 2-hour online seminar per trimester


This unit examines surveillance and social justice across 5 modules. It begins by examining theoretical understandings of surveillance and applies these in various spheres of society such as policing, the border, educational institutions, workplaces, public places, and the home and domestic contexts. It moves on to explore forms of marginalising surveillance and considers issues of social and data justice, including surveillance and race, welfare recipients, refugees, surveillance in the global south, gender, and family violence. Various perspectives on marginalising surveillance are explored via in-depth case studies that highlight the impacts on vulnerable and marginalised groups and individuals. The impacts of surveillance for human rights and democratic freedoms including the rule of law and the freedom of the press are then described. The unit concludes by exploring what can be done to resist surveillance through advocacy, activism, infrapolitics, obfuscation and sousveillance.

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