|Assessment length / details
|Module Assessment Written Assignment of 5,000 words
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Recognise and evaluate the key theoretical frameworks involved in civil liberties and government control1. .
2. Identify and critically evaluate the key legislation which facilitates increased social control.
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the concerns society has in accepting increased intervention into individuals' personal lives.
4. Evaluate the need for surveillance and monitoring in the control of crime, terrorism and other threats to national security.
5. Identify and critically evaluate the key methods used in monitoring and recording personal information.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the balance between civil liberties and government intrusion.
- Introduction to the key theoretical ideas surrounding government control, in particular, those from radical and realist criminological perspectives.
- Detailing of the various methods used to gather information, focusing on CCTV, DNA databases, electronic `tagging? and the interception of communications (incl. e-mail and telephone).
- A review of intelligence-led policing and surveillance procedures, and the inter-agency distribution of information and potential for abuse.
- Current and future developments, for example, the notion of `defensible spaces? (environments designed or adapted to control criminal activity), ID cards and the question of proving `identity?, and technological developments such as live-scan and mobile DNA testing.
This module is at CQFW Level 7