Curriculum Guide · Courses
Computer Crime Seminar
Professors Banker and Zwillinger
J.D. Seminar 080 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course will explore the legal issues that judges, legislators, and prosecutors confront as they respond to the recent explosion in computer-related crime. In particular, we will consider how crimes in cyberspace challenge traditional approaches to the investigation and prosecution of crime that have evolved from our experience with crimes in physical space. Topics will include: the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, the law of electronic surveillance, computer hacking, computer viruses, phishing and spam, online child exploitation, online gambling, international computer crime investigations, and civil liberties online. Criminal law is required and familiarity with the Internet is helpful. Students will be required to participate in class sessions and write a paper on an approved topic.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure or Criminal Law.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and Computer Crime or the graduate course, Global Cybercrime Law.