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CRIM6008 Cyber Crime, Insecurity and the Dark Web (Cyber Security)

Module Overview

This module is designed to introduce you to the human dimension of cybercrime and cyber security. It is not coming from a technical perspective, but instead a critical criminological approach is applied to the topic. This means that we will be questioning theory, policy and practice, and discuss the way that this area might develop in the future.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To critically evaluate cutting edge research in the area of Cyber Crime and Cyber Security.
  • To introduce the history of research into Cyber Crime.
  • To understand the organisations and key stake holders in the business of preventing, controlling and policing Cyber Crime
  • To critically evaluate the theoretical foundation of research into Cyber Crime.
  • To develop an approach to Cyber Crime and Cyber Security that recognises the interdisciplinary nature of the area.


Lectures will cover a broad range of topics such as hackers and identity construction; monitoring and collection of online data in state and corporate surveillance; hate speech and online harassment; online sex crimes; online frauds; ransomware and doxware; illegal markets online; intellectual property infringement; cyberwarfare, cyberterrorism and “political deviancy”; approaches to prevent and counter cybercrimes; cybercrime research and the future of cybercrimes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will take place in 2 teaching units per week, the format will be a mix of lectures, workshops and seminars to a total of 24 contact hours.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Wall, D. (2007). Cybercrime. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 70%
Group presentation 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (3500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no mandatory textbooks for this module. A list of essential and suggested readings will be provided before the start of the module. All the readings should generally be available on the reserve list in the library (if books), or they will be accessible for free via the library (if articles from academic journals). However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies of one of the main texbooks.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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