Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will offer a high-level overview of how cyber-terrorism, cyber-warfare and cyber-activism may impact society. It will include an introduction to cyber-terrorism (history and background) that distinguishes it from cyber-activism. Other issues to be considered include: cyber warfare, information warfare, hacktivism, and state responses. It will also consider legal responses to these emerging threats, including domestic and international law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesActivities such as readings (e.g. textbook, journal articles, current events, case law, legislation, international instruments), videos and associated activities, discussions. Problem scenario. Essay.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into: Students enrolled in a Master of Cyber Security -Computer Science (SMCYC) Master of Cyber Security - Law (SMCYL) Master of Cyber Security - Business Operations (SMCYB) SMCYCOSMCYLOSMCYBO LMJD - Juris Doctor LML - Master of Laws LMLAW - Master of Laws LMLE - Master of Law and Entrepreneurship


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Cyber Terrorism and International Warfare

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse and critique cybersecurity events that pose a threat to national security
02. Compare and contrast the legal issues relating to cybersecurity in the context of activism, terrorism and international warfare
03. Critique the efficacy of current Australian legal provisions and international law in the face of cyber-terrorism and international cyber warfare
04. Distinguish between activism (including civil disobedience), terrorism and warfare, and evaluate the appropriateness of different responses to a given set of circumstances
05. Critically evaluate the potential for international treaties to limit the risks from cyber-terrorism and cyber-attacks during international warfare

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Week 42-43, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 42 - 42
Five 7.00 h block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 42 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Classes on October 12-18


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Two 30-minute online quizzes each worth 10% to be completed at specified times (1000 words) Submitted online through LMS

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Scenario (2,500 words) Submitted online through LMS

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Essay (3,000 words) Submitted online through LMS

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5