LAW5618 - Comparative cybercrime - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).

Unit guides



  • Term 2 2017 (Day)


The advent of the internet and the proliferation of ICTs 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 UK and the US), 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 investigate, analyse and evaluate, from a comparative perspective, complex national, regional and international responses to specific forms of cybercrime;
  3. enhanced skills of independent research and critical analysis based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  4. the enhanced ability to communicate effectively, both orally an in writing.


  1. Preparation of summary paper (750 words): 10%
  2. Class participation: 10%
  3. Take-home examination: 30%
  4. Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

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

Chief examiner(s)


LAW5353(previously LAW7280)