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Cybercrime and Digital Criminology (CRIM20007)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeCRIM20007
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Whilst mobile and social media benefit society in many ways, they have also given rise to a range of cybercrimes and online harms. In this subject we examine the origins, nature, and prevalence of a range of cybercrimes and online harms. Further, through considering cybercrimes in the context of recent debates within criminology, sociology, media studies and software studies, we consider the unique challenges of preventing and regulating these online forms of harm. Finally, we look at the opportunities the Internet provides for responding to crimes, through addressing how victims of crime have sought justice through social media and online activism. Topics covered in the course include hacking, revenge porn, online abuse, phishing, antisocial media, and illicit drug distribution through dark net cryptomarkets.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should:

  • appreciate how new media and technologies may generate new forms of crime and harm
  • understand and reflect upon key issues in regulating the Internet and policing cybercrime
  • understand a range of theories concerning cybercrime and online harms
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Criminology at Level 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home




  • 2000 words
Mid semester50%

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Throughout the semesterN/A

Final essay

  • 2000 words
During the examination period50%

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorMark Wood
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 September 2019