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Possible class structure


The following is a recommended structure for the class. Students should complete the required readings before coming to class. The lecture is meant to reinforce what they learned in the readings and the exercises are designed to apply what they learned in the readings and the lecture. The following breakdown is designed for a three-hour class. Lecturers can adapt the structure based on their needs and class times.

Introduction and learning outcomes

Lecture  (10 minutes):

  • Provide a brief introduction to the class and its contents
  • Identify and discuss the learning outcomes of the class

The role of cybercrime law

Lecture  (40 minutes):

  • Describe and differentiate between substantive and procedural law
  • Survey and evaluate specific national cybercrime laws

Harmonization of laws

Lecture  (10 minutes):

  • Discuss the importance of harmonization of laws and international cooperation

Case Study Discussion  (20 minutes):

Use the questions in " Exercise # 2 - Case Study: The Absence of Cybercrime Laws" to facilitate discussion on the topic. To prepare for this exercise, students should complete the " Web exercise: SHERLOC" under "Student assessment" [* Note: this web exercise should be assigned to students before the class].


Time:  10 minutes

International and regional instruments

Lecture  (20 minutes):

  • Identify, discuss, and differentiate between international and regional cybercrime instruments

Class Exercise  (20 minutes):

Based on the " Group exercise: Substantive and Procedural Cybercrime Laws" under "Student assessment", have student groups discuss their findings in class. This assignment is designed to apply what they learned from the sections " Role of cybercrime law", " Harmonization of laws", " International and regional instruments" and " Core reading". [* Reminder: This group exercise needs to be completed before class].


International human rights and cybercrime law

Lecture  (30 minutes):

  • Examine regional and international human rights instruments and their applicability to human rights online
  • Discuss the relationship between human rights, and the relationships between human rights and cybercrime laws

[* Do not forget to include the student assessment material in your lecture (" Knowledge Check"). This material asks students to identify whether a form of communication is protected or unprotected speech].

Case Study Discussion  (20 minutes):

Use the questions in " Exercise # 1 - Case Study: Online Shaming and Human Rights" to facilitate discussion on the topic. [Optional: Also include questions in " Exercise # 3 - Case Study: Freedom of Expression and Cybercrime Law" in the discussion on the topic.]

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