Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime

LAW20032 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 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to enable students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the problems with sentencing decision-making and the role of artificial intelligence in sentencing. Students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role of big data in law enforcement and how the internet is increasingly used as both a tool to commit and detect crime. A key aspect of the unit involves analysing the role that technology can have in developing new criminal sanctions, especially in the context of alternatives to prison and community corrections orders
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Analyse sentencing problems and evaluate the role of technology in sentencing decision-making.
2. Evaluate the use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement activities
3. Explain the application and role of big data in responses to crime
4. Reflect on the role of technology in developing new criminal sanctions