“Big Brother is Watching You!” – Or is it now sister Alexa who is listening? Within a 200-yard radius of the flat in which George Orwell wrote 1984, there are 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices, sometimes using facial recognition technology. In this seminar, we will look at the topic of “surveillance” from a broad range of angles, from literary accounts such as Orwell’s dystopian classic or more contemporary ones like Dave Eggers’ satire on Facebook, The Circle to cultural critiques such as Michel Foucault’s analysis of the Panopticon, as well as films like Enemy of the State, The Bourne Supremacy, or Citizenfour. But we will also reflect our own cultural practices in an age of recording and sharing (microblogging, quantified self, sousveillance). And last but not least, we will discuss the function of surveillance, or monitoring, for teachers.