LAW222 Technology Law (8)

This subject introduces students to technology law, a new and challenging area of the law that involves the regulation of modern communication, identification and other forms of technology. Students explore the development of the legal system in response to new technology, as well as the threats posed by cybercrime and strategies that can be used to combat it. Issues that will be explored include: copyright and intellectual property, privacy law, technology-based identification of suspects in the criminal justice system, technology-based treatment in the healthcare sector and challenges associated with investigating and prosecuting technology based offences.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW222. 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


Centre for Law and Justice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the development of new technology, its regulation in the legal system, and its relationship to traditional forms of law;
  • be able to articulate and apply the current law relating to unauthorised access and impairment of computers; online fraud; and offences against individuals, such as cyberbullying and harassment;
  • be able to discuss the investigative and jurisdictional issues relating to law and technology in Australia;
  • be able to evaluate the development of intellectual property and privacy laws in relation to information technology;
  • be able to evaluate the role of law reform in response to technological development in the criminal justice and healthcare sectors; and
  • be able to critically evaluate possible future developments in technology and regulatory strategies.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Technology and Law: Historical, scientific and legal context and perspectives
  • Cybercrime: unauthorised access, modification and impairment
  • Online fraud, forgery and identity crimes
  • Cyberbullying and harassment
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Privacy law
  • Criminal justice technology
  • Healthcare technology
  • Investigation, jurisdiction and prosecution
  • Future developments in technology and law

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LAW222 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Discussion post
Law reform submission
Research paper

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.