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INTR11-102: Hacking, Networks and Security


This subject introduces students to the international relations of digital technologies and builds their fundamental knowledge of how networks operate. State and non‑state actors have rapidly acquired the capacity to pursue power and disrupt adversaries through the cyber world. The infrastructure and processes of networks is explored providing theoretical and practical knowledge of how, why and where hacking is being employed. Individual, firm and state security is considered within this changed international environment of identity and credit card theft, malware, viruses, botnets, cyber-espionage, cyber-attacks and denial of service. Global cyber governance structures and standards are considered as well as states’ attempts to balance technological benefits against emergent threats through policy on issues studied (e.g. cyber war, data security, cloud computing, surveillance, government censorship, terrorism, hacking for defence, diplomacy and the intelligence community).

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Have knowledge of how digital technologies are effecting international relations
2. Have knowledge of how hacking is being achieved and how it may be restricted
3. Have an understanding of how networks operate
4. Have an ability to assess the digital technology security risks to individuals, firms and states
5. Have gained the ability to contribute to the deliberation of internet technology and policy
6. Have the capacity to mediate between technologists, administrators and government

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020