Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Case Study  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Group online presentation  20 Minutes  50%
Supplementary Assessment Case Study  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand and describe how the internet has reshaped existing crimes and enabled the emergence of new ones

2. Identify and examine different categories and features of 'cyber-enabled' and 'cyber-dependent' crime.

3. Assess contemporary approaches to cybercrime prevention, surveillance, policing and cybersecurity

4. Examine and assess the usefulness of criminological theory for explaining cybercrime motivation and victimisation

Brief description

This module introduces students to the criminological study of cybercrime. It draws on key literature and current research to consider the ways in which new and emerging forms of information and communication technologies provide opportunities for a variety of deviant and criminal behaviours. Criminological definitions and theories of cybercrime and challenges relating to security, surveillance, regulation and policing cybercrime will be addressed. In addition, each year the specific subject matter of the course will be chosen to reflect the broad basis of the discipline and include case studies of types of cybercrime such as, for example: fraud, identity theft, cyber-trafficking, cyber-espionage, cyber-terrorism and cyber-stalking. Additionally, the module critically engages with issues surrounding victims’ experiences of cybercrime and offender motivations in a variety of familiar and less familiar contexts.


This will be flexible in order to keep up-to-date with continual change in this fast-developing field but, currently, a broad indication of content currently is:
The theoretical foundations of the criminological study of cybercrime;
Offender and victim typologies, motivations and vulnerabilities;
Fraud, identity theft, phishing, hacking and viruses;
Cyber espionage and terrorism;
Cyberbullying and cyberstalking;
Pornography and grooming;
Cyber trafficking with focus on areas including, but not limited to: the heritage sector, people, animals, and weapons
Security, surveillance and regulation of cyberspace
Policing cyberspace
Investigating cybercrime

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience This skill is assessed through the fact that there are 2 very different assignment types on this module. Students need to develop adaptability and resilience in working towards completion of each one.
Co-ordinating with others This skill is developed through group work for the online group presentation
Digital capability All assessments are created and submitted online. Students will develop digital capabilities in completing each assignment.
Real world sense This skill is developed in the fact that the module is run entirely online. Criminologists working in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity would be required to conduct their work online.


This module is at CQFW Level 5