• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Cybercrime is now commonplace and presents new challenges in the prevention and detection of crime.  Drawing on a broad introduction to the history, functions and technologies of the Internet this course addresses issues of prevention and regulation and also describes  the evolution of criminal activities involving computers.  Illustrative topics will include hacker myths and realities, computer forensics, ID Theft, spam, malware, phishing, fraud, crime ware tool kits, protecting personal privacy, passwords and crime groups in cyberspace. Students will gain an understanding of common forms of cybercriminal activity  and the technological and 'social engineering' methods used to undertake such crimes. Current methods to prevent, investigate and detect computer-related offences, using case-based and problem based learning approaches, will be used to illustrate practical, legal and regulatory measures available to counter its impacts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the main theoretical and cross-disciplinary approaches (criminological, legal and information security/management) in the study of cybercrime and the regulation of the Internet.
  2. Understand the structure and evolution of the Internet and its basic operations in the context of the emerging crime threats and trends in cyberspace.
  3. Identify the main typologies, characteristics, activities, actors and forms of cybercrime, including the definitional, technical and social (victim centered) aspects of crime commission
  4. Evaluate behavioural assumptions about the role of offenders and victims in cyberspace
  5. Analyse the impact of computer crime on government, businesses and individuals and discuss the impact of cybercrime on society.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing countermeasures against cybercrime.

Indicative Assessment

PBL Solution short essay (600 words) 10% (LO 1, 4, 5 and 6).

Problem Based Learning Presentation of 20 minutes in tutorial: 20% (LO 1, 4, 5 and 6)

A one hour multiple-choice and short answer test in class: 20% (LO 1,2,3)

Major Essay of 4000 words: 50% (LO 1, 4, 5 and 6) 

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One 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week during the semester (total of 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2160

Prescribed Texts

A general text and a selected collection of articles from various sources and pre-reading is recommended:

Thomas J. Holt and, Bernadette H. Schell, 2013, Hackers and Hacking: A Reference Handbook,  ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara

Preliminary Reading

Thomas J. Holt Ed, 2011, Crime on-line: correlates, causes, and context, Carolina Academic Press ISBN: 1594607818

Rohrbach, Shawn 2011, Virtual chaos: our vulnerability to cyber-crime and how to prevent it, AuthorMike ISBN: 9780984580149

Clough, John, 2010, Principles of Cybercrime, Cambridge.

Dudley-Sponaugle, Alfreda , James Braman and Giovanni Vincenti, 2011, Investigating cyber law and cyber ethics, issues, impact, Information Science Reference, ISBN: 1613501323

Glenny Misha 2011 Dark market: cyberthieves, cybercops and you, ISBN: 9781847921260

Grabosky Peter 2007 Electronic Crime, Sage, Calif

Jaishankar, K. [Ed.] 2011, Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior, Boca Raton, FL, USA:  CRC Press.

McQuade III, S. C. 2006. Understanding and Managing Cybercrime, Pearson, ISBN 0-205-43973-X

David Wall, 2009, Crime and Deviance in Cyberspace, Ashgate.

Wells, Joseph T. Ed. 2010, Internet fraud casebook : the World Wide Web of deceit, Wiley Blackwell ISBN: 9780470643631

Assumed Knowledge

Some basic knowledge of sociology/criminology is assumed or information security and computer science.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3430 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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