LAW4665 - Comparative cybercrime - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Unit guides



  • Term 2 2017 (Day)


The advent of the internet and the proliferation of information and communication technologies have transformed the way we socialise and do business. However, these technologies may also be used to commit or facilitate the commission of crimes; so-called 'cybercrimes'. The transnational nature of modern communications means that cybercrime is a global problem; with offender and victim potentially located anywhere in the world. Adopting a comparative approach, this unit provides an overview of the challenges of cybercrime, and legal responses to those challenges. Topics to be covered include cybercrime investigations, hacking, identity theft, child exploitation offences, and online harassment. Although drawing primarily upon the experience of common law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States), these responses will be considered in light of the principal international instrument in the area; the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime. There will also be discussion of international efforts to achieve harmonisation of cybercrime laws.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have acquired or developed:

  1. an understanding of the ways in which electronic and telecommunication devices may be used in the commission of crime, and the challenges this presents to national and international law enforcement;
  2. the ability to critically analyse and evaluate, from a comparative perspective, national, regional and international responses to specific forms of cybercrime;
  3. enhanced skills of independent research and critical analysis; and
  4. the enhanced ability to communicate effectively, both orally an in writing.


  1. Preparation of summary paper (500 words)10%
  2. Class participation10%
  3. Take-home examination 30%
  4. Research assignment (2,500 words)50%

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students in the LLB course:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW1111, LAW1112, LAW1113, LAW1114, LAW2101, LAW2102, LAW2111 and LAW2112


For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW3111 and LAW3112