Surveillance and Society (SCLG2628)


The actions of both citizens and institutions are being scrutinised as never before. Personal information is a key commodity and resource, being routinely extracted from individuals as they partake in everyday activities. Surveillance has a complex form as both material force and discursive construction. Thus, the unit's objective is to equip students with the theoretical tools required to analytically comprehend the diverse ways in which surveillance is produced, represented and experienced.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week or equivalent in intensive session


1x1000wd book review Essay (25%), 1x3500wd Research essay (65%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (6 Senior credit points from Digital Cultures) or (12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies)

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.