Digital Criminology

Unit code: LCR2004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen
Online Real Time


In our digital society, technology is central to how we work, study, live and play. Digital technology, including social media, has also come to play a central role in crime perpetration and response. This unit introduces students to key theories and debates in criminology about the nature, causes and prevalence of a range of cybercrimes and online harms, as well as the use of internet and digital technologies to respond to crime, record harm and seek alternative forms of justice. Topics covered may include digital fraud, image-based abuse, hacking and hacktivism, online hate, digital surveillance, and digital engagement and justice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and interpret the main theoretical concepts in digital criminology;
  2. Interrogate the nature of digital crime and harm along with the merits of current legal and other responses;
  3. Critically reflect on the impact of digital technologies on both crime and justice.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online quiz
Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 45%
Diary style posts to a class webpage.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Digital group presentation

Required reading


As part of a course

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