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.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


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