CRIM 710


Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for CRIM 710.


Why should we study the internet? Why cybercrime(s), cybercriminals, cybervictims? Who should be held responsible? How should this be done? How do we measure success?

This course provides an exploration of cybercrime and cyber-harm, using examples such as hacking, cyberobscenity and cyberterrorism to illustrate the economic and social impacts.

The course aims to encourage critical thinking, considering a range of key theoretical perspectives in criminal justice and their application to cybercrime. We analyse how the internet may promote criminal behaviour and contribute to the globalisation of crime. Finally, we examine the challenges of policing cybercrime, evaluating current approaches and discussing recommendations.

By the end of this course, a student should:

  • Provide a comparative overview of various types of cybercrime and the consequences
  • Develop a critical understanding of motivations to commit cybercrime
  • Understand criminal justice responses to cybercrime and how they impact society
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key issues in contemporary policing evidenced by criminological theory
  • Be able to write a research essay related to cybercrime, combining academic research and critical analysis

To achieve this, this course will consider the unpacking of cybercrime: black hats, white hats and hacking followed by theorising cybercrime. After this, weekly topics will include:cyber-love/ cyber-hate; cyber-terror; cyber-obscenity; cyber-stalking; cyber-trafficking; cyber-theft; cyber-policing; followed by ways to tackle cybercrime.

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Claire Meehan


CRIM 710: 30 points