Postgraduate Course: Cybercrime and Cyber Security (LAWS11396)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Cybercrime 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 including cyber security, fraud prevention, policing, the financial sector, management consultancy, retail, government, the legal profession, private sector, PhD in Criminology and academia.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course will be assessed by means of:«br /»
1. One essay of no more than 2,500 words in length for 50% of the grade. «br /»
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.
||There will be an opportunity to obtain feedback via a formative assessment ahead of the summative assessments for this course. The formative assessment takes the form of a short written exercise designed to assess specific research and referencing skills relevant to the formative assessment, provide you with feedback, and help you reflect on ways you can further develop your writing skills.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Knowledge and understanding of key theories and models relatable to cybercrime, understanding of basic relevant computing, internet and cyber technologies.
- Ability to analyse, critique or develop existing theories, models, research methods or research findings in relevant areas.
- Identify topics of contemporary interest or concern and research and communicate an original analysis of the same to specific user audience.
|Majid Yar and Kevin Steinmetz, Cybercrime and Society (3rd edn) (Sage Publishing)|
David Wall, Cybercrime (Polity Press)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. General cognitive and analytical skills
2. Communication and IT skills
3. Autonomy and group working skills
|Keywords||cybercrime,hacking,media piracy,cyber security,security,computers,internet,policing,police,crime
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 2032
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588