Cyber Crime and Security

POL30018 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

11 Mar 24 - 9 Jun 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
24 Mar 24

5 Apr 24

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Apr 24

4 Nov 24 - 9 Feb 25

4 Mar 25

Last self enrolment:
17 Nov 24

29 Nov 24

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Dec 24


150 Credit points
Anti Requisite
POL30015 Cybersecurity 

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an in-depth, critical understanding of cyber-crime and security. Students will learn about the history and development of contemporary crime and security problems facilitated by digital technology, including hacking, malware, darknet offences and cyber terrorism. Students will also critically evaluate and develop online policing and security strategies intended to counter cyber-crime and security problems.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify and analyse key features and approaches of cyber crime and security
2. Critically evaluate criminology theory in relation to cyber crime and security problems
3. Develop informed policy and policing responses to contemporary cyber crime and security problems

Courses with unit

BA-ARTS3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts
BA-SSS Bachelor of Social Sciences