Fall 2018 - CRIM 380 J200

Introduction to Cybercrime (3)

Class Number: 9833

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SUR 5080, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2018
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SUR 3090, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Amy Conroy
  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



Explores legal, technical and social issues in cybercrime. Discusses the nature of cybercrime, with specific examples, and methods of regulation in Canada and worldwide. Addresses origins and extent of cybercrime, responses from the legal system and consideration of the wider effects for society. Students with credit for CRIM 318 under this topic (Fall 2009 or Spring 2010) may not take this course for further credit.


This course explores the world of cybercrime and the legal system’s response to the issue. Students will learn about the regulation of cyberspace, the nature of crimes committed in cyberspace, and special topics such as privacy, malware, sex crimes, cyberbullying, and more. We will explore international cooperation in the cyberspace environment and discuss some of the challenges that come with regulating the online world. Evaluation will include formal and take-home examinations. Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions is critical to success in this course.

Students who have taken CRIM 318 (Fall 2009 or Spring 2010) under this topic may not take this course for further credit.


  • Attendance and Participation (in-class and online) 20%
  • Midterm (in-class portion) 25%
  • Midterm (take-home portion) 10%
  • Final Exam 45%



1. Sara Smyth, Cybercrime in Canadian Law, 2nd Edition (Toronto, Ontario: Carswell, 2015)

2. Other readings may be assigned to complement the course textbook.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html