1. Identify the socio-economic, political, legislative and cultural contexts of surveillance

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Surveillance, technology and society

MODULE AIMS TO:

 

  • Introduce students to debates surrounding surveillance
  • Provide students with theory relevant to surveillance
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of the extent and capability of the technology employed for surveillance purposes
  • Enable students to understand and critically assess the legislation surrounding contemporary surveillance activities
  • Enable students to develop analytical skills and to undertake critique concerning surveillance techniques and applications
  • Enable students to competently assess the tensions between privacy and security in a post 9/11 environment

 

MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

 

Knowledge

1. Identify the socio-economic, political, legislative and cultural contexts of surveillance

2. Describe the implementation of surveillance technologies in different settings

3. Explain the effects that surveillance may have on behaviour

4. Explain how surveillance may contribute to social exclusion

 

Thinking skills

5. Critically evaluate contemporary surveillance activities

6. Distinguish between overt and covert surveillance and assess the ramifications of both

7. Critically assess contemporary news reports surrounding surveillance

 

Subject-based practical skills

8.  Use internet based resources such as journals and newspaper/magazine archives

9.  Carry out independent research

10. Communicate effectively research findings

 

Skills for life and work (general skills)

11. Show critical and analytical skills

12. Communicate effectively in writing to an appropriate level


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