JST550 Dark Markets (2)

This subject introduces students to the dark side of the internet. Students will explore key features of the dark web, dark markets, the role of anonymity and the challenges law enforcement and national security agencies face when operating in these ever-evolving crime-scapes. This subject approaches these challenges as a wicked problem, acknowledging the difficulty in defining the nature of the problem itself, its innumerable causes and the absence of one correct answer. Drawing on the latest research and industry best practice, students will use problem-solving skills to navigate this socially complex area in new and innovative ways as they formulate recommendations, triggering deep reflections on both content and process.


Micro Session 5 (72)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST550. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Research and design a systematic dark web access protocol;
  • Explain the role and scope of dark web anonymity;
  • Critically reflect on the evolving nature of fraud related dark-market products; and
  • Critically reflect on and make recommendations to reduce the harms linked to financial crime threats posed within dark markets.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • TOR, Tails and VPN
  • Anonymity in the dark web and the challenge for law enforcement
  • Dark Markets

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.