• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Criminology

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:

  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; and
  5. analyse the impact of computer crime on government, businesses and individuals and discuss the impact of cybercrime on society.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 45 minutes multiple- choice & short answer online test (10) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Problem Based Learning Presentation of 20 minutes in tutorial: 15%, Problem Based Learning Policy Brief 5% (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 2500 words Research Essay (40) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. 90- minute examination (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Criminology (CRIM) or Sociology (SOCY) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2160, SOCY6055, or CRIM6010.

Prescribed Texts

A selected collection of articles from various sources will be suggested. An introductory text is recommended and also preliminary reading:
Thomas J. Holt and, Bernadette H. Schell, 2013, Hackers and Hacking: A Reference Handbook,  ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara

Preliminary Reading

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



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2021 $3180
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Second Semester

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