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Postgraduate Course: Cybercrime (LAWS11043)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCybercrime is becoming an increasingly important area of criminology as more social activities take place online. This course 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').

This course is particularly suitable for students who would like to know more about cybercrime, (including its causes, techniques and consequences) and cyber security (including the different tools and methods available and some of the implications, including for privacy.

Students from this course go on to careers in anti fraud, the financial sector, retail, government, the legal profession, private sector, PhD in Criminology and academia
Course description 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. Topics covered include sex offenders' use of the internet, computer 'hacking'; media piracy; the ways in which children might be better protected whilst online and cyber security.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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.
Feedback There will be an opportunity to obtain feedback via a formative assessment head of the summative assessments for this course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of key theories and models relatable to cybercrime, understanding of basic relevant computing, internet and cyber technologies
  2. Ability to analyse, critique or develop existing theories, models, research methods or research findings in relevant areas
  3. Identify topics of contemporary interest or concern and research and communicate an original analysis of the same to specific user audience
Reading List
A good source of preparatory reading is Cybercrime and Society (2nd edn), by Majid Yar

David Wall, Cybercrime (Polity Press)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. General cognitive and analytical skills
2. Communication and IT skills
3. Autonomy and group working skills
KeywordsCybercrime; cyber security; security; computers; internet; policing; police; crime prevention; hacki
Course organiserDr Richard Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 2032
Course secretaryMs Olivia Hayes
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588
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