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Postgraduate Course: Cybercrime (LAWS11043)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCybercrime is becoming an increasingly important area of criminology as more social activities take place online. This course module on cybercrime will provide you with an introduction to the criminological and sociological study of crime on the internet ('cybercrime'), including its commission, motivations, patterns of occurrence, detection, policing, and prevention ('cyber security'). The course is primarily criminological, sociological and socio-legal in content and approach. You will explore different types of internet-related crime; study relevant computing and network technologies, especially where used either in the commission or detection or prevention of cybercrime; analyse policing, legal, electronic, and other measures designed to combat cybercrime and considers their main strengths and weaknesses; and assess recent sociological and socio-legal theories of cyberspace and apply these theories to the specific field of cybercrime. Other topics covered include national cyber security; cyber-warfare and cyber attack; sex offenders' use of the Internet; and the ways in which children and other potentially vulnerable users might be better protected while online.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you should be able to identify and describe different types of internet related crime; demonstrate familiarity with basic relevant computing and network technologies, especially where used either in the commission, detection or prevention of cybercrime; analyse policing, legal, electronic, and other measures designed to combat cybercrime, and identify their main strengths and weaknesses; and locate issues encountered within the field of cybercrime within a wider criminological context.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed by means of (1) one essay of no more than 2,500 words in length for 50% of the grade, and (2) one ┐briefing paper┐, on an approved cybercrime or cyber security topic of the student┐s own choice, of no more than 2,500 words in length for 50% of the grade.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Richard Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 2032
Email: richard.jones@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Douglas Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2022
Email: D.Thompson@ed.ac.uk
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