LAWS 3015 Cyber Law and Justice

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201018

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Description The world is being transformed by digital technologies. The same technologies that make life more comfortable for some can unleash violence and destruction for others. Cyber war and cyber terrorism offer new risks for the international community. Bullying, identity theft and bank fraud, on a more local level, are given a new life in the cyber world. Cyber technologies also provide enhanced opportunities for detecting and apprehending criminals, resolving disputes and modernising justice processes. New social spaces are opened up (social media networks, the 'dark web'), and new identities made possible (online grooming profile, avatars). How does the law keep up with the emergence of new crimes and technology-enhanced versions of old ones, and how do the cultural worlds of hackers, crackers and trackers work? The subject examines how justice processes and spaces, as well as criminal networks and strategies, are being reimagined to take advantage of the new technologies.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2008

Incompatible Subjects HUMN 3030 - Cyber Justice (UG)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Examine the legal nature of cybercrime (including cyber terrorism and cyber war) including its techniques, targets and impact.
  2. Critically investigate the way cyber technologies are used in policing and courts to transform justice processes and respond to cybercrime.
  3. Assess primary and secondary legal resources related to cybercrime, law and social justice.
  4. Develop research ideas in a peer-supported learning environment.
  5. Communicate arguments related to cyber law and justice logically and clearly in oral and written form.
  6. Use digital technologies relevant to cyber law and justice.

Subject Content

Cybercrime: new and enhanced crimes of the digital age
Cyberjustice: the transformation of justice by digital technologies
Cyber war and cyber terrorism.
Cyber bullying and stalking.
Privacy and surveillance
On-line and virtual justice


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection 800 words 30 N Individual
Presentation 800 words 30 N Group
Essay 1,500 words 40 N Individual

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