SFU Field School: Scotland: International Perspectives on Cybercrime 2019

United Kingdom, Europe August 2019 Social Sciences

There probably isn't another crime as international in scope as cybercrime, with each criminal event or series of events potentially affecting multiple jurisdictions.

This Field School will explore the international aspects of cybercrime, along with international law enforcement and judicial responses. Students will focus on case studies from Canada, the UK and the USA. As part of CRIM 416, SFU students will be joined by approximately 15 students from the University of Strathclyde and other nearby universities, to collectively study and discuss issues surrounding the international nature of cybercrime. The opportunity to visit local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in this field will allow the students (and faculty) to develop new international contacts and a more internationalized view of this topic.

Field School Director: Dr. Richard Frank (rfrank@sfu.ca)

The program consists of one, 3 unit SFU course. All instruction will be in English.

CRIM 416: International Perspectives on Cybercrime (3 units)
The course content will begin as an online course with assignments and readings between May - July. The group will have a couple required in-person meetings, to discuss coursework in conjunction with the administration of the Field School.

From August 18 to August 31, 2019 (after the closing of the exam period), as part of the 3-credit course CRIM 416, approximately 15 students from SFU will travel to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, to participate in a CyberCrime Field School called "International Perspectives on CyberCrime". By having participants from the local universities join the SFU students, and involving local experts (e.g., lectures by professors from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and the Law School at University of Strathclyde, and talks delivered by representatives from Europol and the Police Scotland CyberCrime Hub), the course will expose students to the international challenges that are associated with interdicting this type of crime. The opportunity to visit local practitioners and/or law enforcement agencies specializing in this field will allow the students (and faculty) to develop new international contacts and a more internationalized view of this topic. The studied topics will include "how hackers are ignoring jurisdictional boundaries and collaborating internationally," and the "international challenges faced by law enforcement."

At the conclusion of the Field School, there will be a two-day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland (the capital of Scotland) which is renowned for its historic sites, and is about an hour away from Glasgow via rail. One day will be spent visiting the recently established Police Scotland CyberCrime Hub. The new CyberCrime Hub is tasked with providing digital forensics services to government and businesses, and with helping to protect Scotland's computer infrastructure from cyber-attack. Their stated mandate is to achieve "more effective integration with key partners in academia and business."

Finally, there will be some organized group-excursions and time for individual exploration.

Dates

Early March Acceptance Session & Course content 
March 6 - 20 Field School 101 Online Canvas Program (mandatory)
March 21  Pre-departure Orientation 
May to July  Sessions at SFU 
August 18  Study in Scotland 
August 31  End of Program 

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.
**Some course content will be discussed 
here in Burnaby, after the mandatory pre-departure orientation (see Courses for more information)

Information Sessions
Students are encouraged to attend an information session. Students will have an opportunity to meet the Field School Director and learn additional details about the destination and program.
  • Friday January 18th :11:30am - 12:20pm (SFU Burnaby Campus: Global Student Centre in AQ 2013.1)

Please email fieldschools@sfu.ca for more information. 

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2019