• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online

Cybercrime provides an overview of one of the newest and most challenging forms of criminal activity: crime carried out using modern communication technologies such as the Internet, with a focus on commonly used services including social media.

The course reviews the origins of these crimes in 'ordinary' crime, and traces how these crimes have developed, both in terms of technological sophistication and social organisation. It has a focus on how such crimes affect individuals, communities, businesses and governments; and responses that have been developed, particularly in policy and legislation.

The course also examines other regulatory responses to the emerging threats posed by the various forms of cybercrime, and considers their effectiveness, including the regulation of Internet providers and social media platforms.

The legal focus is on domestic laws in countries including Australia, but also on international legal harmonisation and law enforcement and judicial co-operation, the main international agreement being the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime.

Topics include: unauthorised access, modification and impairment of computers and data; online fraud and forgery, scams, spam, identity theft, criminal copyright infringement; cyber stalking, harassment, child abuse material and online child grooming, sexting, voyeurism and other privacy invasions; and investigation, prosecution, sentencing and punishment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse problems, concepts and theories in cybercrime and propose appropriate solutions
  2. Undertake critical legal research, legal writing and resolution of complex legal problems with a transnational dimension across a range of issues and topics in cybercrime
  3. Incorporate social, policy, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches into analysis and critical evaluation of both cybercrime and enforcement responses
  4. Engage in original and critical reflection on cybercrime topics
  5. Synthesise and communicate legal, policy and theoretical perspectives on cybercrime issues effectively

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online discussions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Critical research report no. 1 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Critical research report no. 2 (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law (CNTL); or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the Wattle site.

The prescribed text will be: Gregor Urbas, Cybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary (2nd ed., 2020,LexisNexis)..

Preliminary Reading

Cybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary (2nd ed, 2020).


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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