ACR304 - Crime, Surveillance and Society


2021 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
EFTSL value: 0.125

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level



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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 seminar per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

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


This unit examines a range of different theoretical approaches to surveillance within criminal justice, law enforcement and intelligence. While much contemporary popular debate and understanding of surveillance encompasses concerns about Big Brother and the power of the state, there are many other aspects of surveillance that are becoming increasingly important to appreciate as we move further into the globalised world of the 21st century. Contemporary theoretical examples such as ‘platform policing’ and ‘surveillance capitalism’ are used in this unit to develop critical thinking and underscore debate around how the concepts and practice of surveillance are being transformed. The unit provides students with opportunities to explore the potential for surveillance to significantly change social relations and human societies more broadly, and to better plan for the consequences of these changes

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