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LAWS6358: Digital Criminology: Tech and Crime

2024 unit information

New digital technologies are rapidly emerging as conduits for criminality as well as tools of policing and criminal procedure, and in the infrastructure of punishment. In this unit of study, students will learn about the impacts of technologies on crime and justice: in the commission of new crimes, in law enforcement and regulatory challenges, national security, and digital transformations in court procedure and court space, algorithmic risk assessments, corrections, and in the supervision of offenders. This unit of study draws from socio-legal literature and the emerging field of Digital Criminology to understand the profound shifts occurring in the move from terrestrial to digital environments, and from human 'reality' to augmented, virtual and artificial platforms in the criminal justice system. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Law School

Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate critical knowledge of new forms of crime and victimisation
  • LO2. demonstrate critical knowledge of responses and initiatives from police, government regulators, prosecutors, the courts, and corrections
  • LO3. demonstrate skills in critical analysis and application of theoretical and regulatory frameworks to understand the social and legal implications of digital transformations in offending, detection, prosecution, and punishment
  • LO4. demonstrate skills in evaluating prospects for regulation and law reform.
  • LO5. demonstrate skills in independent research

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive October 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive September 2021
Block mode Remote
Intensive September 2022
Block mode Remote

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