ACR304 - Surveillance and Social Justice

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

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

Nil

Prerequisite:

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ACR210

Typical 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

Content

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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Describe and evaluate the ways in which surveillance practices are shaping criminal justice practices

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Assess criminological frameworks for understanding and responding to changing surveillance practices, including socio-legal research and policy analysis, and the analysis of detailed case studies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Examine the role of surveillance as a means of ordering social relations and critically analyse the complex interactions between legal, security, and law enforcement actors in the deployment of surveillance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Critically analyse conceptual and practical issues related to surveillance practices, the reshaping of privacy and civil liberties and the political, legal and social implications of the use of surveillance technologies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Online exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Online exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACR304
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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