Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3132: Surveillance, Security and the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Narzanin Massoumi (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This landscape of criminology is rapidly changing. This module examines new challenges and controversies in criminological practices in order to think about how criminology can learn from past to and help realise social justice.

This necessitates a critical reappraisal of the discipline itself as we engage with new methodologies, theories and paradigms. The module draws on real-world contemporary examples of surveillance and security, policing protest and crowd conflict and innovations in policing tactics, strategies and technologies. The module considers the impact of such practices on the civil liberties and human rights of the communities they are applied to. It is suitable for non-specialist students and those on interdisciplinary pathways.

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