Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 5)
Autumn 7 15 (7.5) PROF S Li checkmark-circle


The module will explore existing and emerging legal issues in cyber security, cybercrime, privacy and data protection, including the domestic and cross-boundary legal regulatory frames and their associated ethical dimensions. Topics covered include cybercrime, privacy and data protection, Internet and cyber surveillance, cross-border information flows, and legal structures. Students will be challenged to critically examine the ethics and management of cyber data. It will require students to assess emerging legal, regulatory, privacy and data protection issues raised by access to personal information.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Two written assessments. Assessment 1 maximum 1500 words (40%); Assessment 2 maximum 2500 (60%).

13.2 Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

P. Carey, Data Protection: a practical guide to UK and EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2009).
M. Johnson, Cyber Crime, Security and Digital Intelligence (ePub Ashgate, 2013).
L. Katz, (2013) 'Symposium on Cybercrime'. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103 (3).
C. Kunar, International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press, 2013).
D. Solove, P. Schwartz, Privacy, Information, and Technology, 3rd edition (Aspen Publishing Co., 2012).
H. Tse, Cyber Security Law and Guidance (Bloomsbury Press, 2018)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate an advanced grounding in concepts, ethics, principles and rules of cyber security, data protection, consent and privacy in a legal context
8.2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the development of EU, UK and US laws related to cyber security, cybercrime, digital investigation, privacy and data protection, including domestic legislation and emphasising cross-boundary issues and international efforts.
8.3 Critically analyse emerging legal issues in cyber security, cybercrime, privacy and data protection, for example: big data, social media, data anonymization, data access controls, state and commercial surveillance.
8.4 Demonstrate a critical awareness of, and the ability to evaluate, legal and regulatory actions taken to ensure cyber security, privacy and data protection, including legal governance and compliance requirements.
8.5 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the public and private tensions involved in cyber security, cybercrime, privacy and data protection.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:
9.1 Present relevant knowledge and understanding in the form of an original and reasoned argument.
9.2 Identify, analyse and critically evaluate complex problems.
9.3 Carry out independent research from a variety of sources informing an original, sustained and detailed argument.
9.4 Summarise detailed conceptual material, recognising, critically evaluating and synthesising different positions that arise in the literature surveyed.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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