Security, Surveillance and Risk

    Unit code: LCR7002 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus


    This unit will examine the intersection between security, surveillance and risk within criminology. With a background of criminological theory, the course will explore issues such as ‘the risk society’ and global security/insecurity. The role of surveillance by states, individual and groups nationally and transnationally will also be explored, as a complement to security and risk, to explore themes of “threats”. The course will also integrate the responses in the national and international contexts. Students will gain insight into the current state of security, surveillance and risk, paired with significant examples.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Critically review cryptographic algorithms such as DES, RSA and security standards;
    2. Survey and investigate specific security issues in networked computing environments;
    3. Analyse the security of computer systems, networks, databases, websites and e-business;
    4. Propose advanced solutions to prevent hacking, impersonation, forging;
    5. Design and implement protocols to protect networks against hacking.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 15%
    1,000 word (Individual)
    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 45%
    3,500-word (Group)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 40%
    15-minute presentation (Individual)

    Required reading

    Understanding the risk society: Crime, security and justice.
    Mythen, G. (2014). | Macmillan International Higher Education.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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