KV6005 - Cybercrime and Society

What will I learn on this module?

This module will focus on cybercrime within society and will explore different types of cybercrime, victims, offenders, and legal, societal, and policing approaches to tackling this form of criminality. You will explore different forms of cybercrime to understand how they affect society generally, as well as develop an understanding and appreciation for how cybercrime can disproportionally affect certain societal groups. You will explore cybercrime offenders to better understand the drivers towards this form of criminality. You will obtain insights into proactive and reactive cybercrime policing approaches and explore some of the societal challenges that different policing approaches can cause (e.g., privacy, security, and freedom of speech).

CoP pre-join curriculum learning outcomes:
Police Investigations: 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4
Digital Policing: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3a, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2

How will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, practical sessions, and guided research into current developments and issues.


The cybercrime subject area is continuously evolving resulting in the need to keep up-to-date with new developments and changing practices. In order to maintain the currency of the syllabus, you will be expected to undertake research in a topic currently relevant to the cybercrime subject area. Topics will be introduced in lectures and explored through practical and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to fully utilise the independent learning skills developed throughout the programme and plan your own research activities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during seminars and workshops. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the theory underpinning the principles and practices of a thorough and effective investigations. All lecture, seminar and workshop material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects.
Written assessment feedback will also be provided to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments within your programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Identify and critically discuss current research topics relevant to policing cybercrime and appraise how the core concepts, knowledge and practice of cybercrime have developed through research.
2. Distinguish appropriate cybercrime policing techniques for the advanced analysis of problems identified by current research
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Undertake research in a topic relevant to the cybercrime subject area and effectively communicate the findings
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Explore and critically evaluate the professional requirements and procedures highlighted through research.

How will I be assessed?

Formative – reading and reviewing research publications under tutor guided independent learning.

Summative – write a short 500-word research proposal on a topic that is at the forefront of cybercrime (K&U 1, 2; IPS 3; PVA 4). Feedback via elp

Summative – write a 3,500-word assignment based on your proposal that effectively present your findings in a research paper (K&U 1, 2; IPS 3; PVA 4). Feedback via elp.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

You will focus on researching issues relating to cybercrime within society. You will explore different forms of cybercrime, developing insights into types of victims and offenders. Using this knowledge, you will explore and evaluate existing societal and policing approaches to preventing, detecting, and investigating cybercrimes. Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, practical sessions, and guided research into current developments and issues. Topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through practical and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to fully utilise the independent learning skills developed throughout the programme and plan your own research activities. Following the identification of a current research topic you will conduct research that is at the forefront of digital forensics and effectively present your findings in a research paper.

Course info

UCAS Code LL44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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