Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the world of cybercrime. Cybercrimes are those crimes that in some way involve computers and information and communications technology, whether as the target, tool or medium of criminal activity. We study a variety of such offences, from among the following: cyberstalking and harassment, sex and cybercrime, cybercrimes against children, hacking for profit, cyber extorsion, online fraud, "hacktivism", online hate crime, offensive content online, cyberespionage, cyberwarfare and cyberterrorism, and the dark web. We look at the nature and contexts of such offending, its causes and effects, and how it can be prevented and prosecuted. We also examine the social and legal policy issues raised by cybercrimes and current debates about law reform in the rapidly evolving arena of cybercrime.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar discussions, research assignment, take home examination.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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

Learning resources


Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPeter Grabosky



PublisherOxford University Press


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 texts from different disciplines concerning issues in cybercrime
02. Critically evaluate arguments, from diverse disciplines, concerning issues raised by cybercrime
03. Research and formulate arguments that address issues raised by cybercrime

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Tudor

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Analytical exercise (450 words). Short expository task on a set reading.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Research assignment (2,700 words). Students complete an academic essay or law reform submission, selected from set topics.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO2, SILO3

Final examination (1,350 words).

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2