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Dublin, Ireland

Spring Break 2019 - International Computer Crime (ITM 9950) 

Dublin, Ireland

Program Description
According to the US Department of Justice cybercrime has become one of our nation’s greatest threats.  Worldwide, the cost of cybercrime has been known to rival that of the black market drug trade.  Since 2010, national and international studies have estimated costs climbing anywhere from $100 to $500 billion each year.  With no signs of slowing, researchers predict the cost of known cybercrime will reach as high as $2 trillion by 2019.  Many national policy groups have been collaborating in search of solutions to regulating and deterring computer crime.  The International Computer Crime course provides a vehicle for students to learn and recognize how they may play a role in the current state of cyber law. 

Understanding the protections and limitations of current cyber law is very useful in all professions from healthcare to business. The internet of things touches every walk of life. Therefore, from work, to home to play; we all are vulnerable to computer crime at some level. Students in this class will learn how we move from a system of traditional crime and punishment to one that addresses crime in the digital world. This class will offer students an opportunity to study domestic crime and then compare how the same criminal law is enforced abroad. Dublin has become the Western hub of cyber activity. With the influx of digital business has come the rise of cybercrime. The class will have the rare opportunity of speaking with enforcement officials, cyber professionals and business owners in Dublin. By the conclusion of the course, students will have an in depth understanding of the international problems we face and theories on what collaborations may work to solve them. As a business central, Dublin offers a wide range of opportunities for cultural exchanges and networking.

Program Highlights

  • Students will meet with Ireland's Computer Crime Investigation Unit to discover how they tacke cybercrime.
  • This course is a challenging study in comparative laws.
  • Immersion in the pleasant environment and warm culture of Ireland.
  • Experience an Irish St. Patrick's Day celebration first hand while in Dublin.

Online Dates: January 21-March 22, 2019
Immersion Dates: March 9-March 17, 2019 (tentative)

ITM 9950 International Computer Crime – 3.0 credit hours

Professor: Mendi Drayton, Management Department. Mendi Drayton has BA in Public Policy from Duke University and a JD from the University of SC Law.  Her areas of teaching include Employment Law and Labor Management, Administrative Health Law, Securities Law, and Legal Ethics.She has been teaching a global hybrid course in Computer Crime since 2014 leading trips to The Hague in the Netherlands and Dublin, Ireland.

Course Description: ITM 9950 encompasses the various laws, legal theories, and societal dilemmas involved in this burgeoning field of study. Computer crime law alone touches on issues of property, privacy and constitutional rights. When we apply our federal laws to a global stage, the magnitude of our current problems is revealed. The intent of the course is not to make students experts in international computer crime or any area of the law. However, students should benefit from gaining an understanding of the wide variety of digital crimes and the international movement to combat them. Developing awareness of potential legal programs is the goal, not developing expertise in solving legal problems. Half of the material in the course will come directly from current events. This course should be very relevant to international business, securities law and technology studies. Given the depth of the topic, the most appropriate instructional strategy is to first cover national laws and then compare foreign policies.

  • This course counts as an elective in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity Program
  • This course counts as an elective in the Masters of Arts Information Technology Management (M.A.) program

Syllabus: International Computer Crime (ITM 9950)

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International Computer Crime (ITM 9950)

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Housing and Meals
Students on this program will stay in share rooms at a local hotel in Dublin. Breakfast will be provided every day at the hotel and 2 group dinners are included in the program cost. As much as possible, group meals will focus on exposing students to local Irish cuisine. Please check the itinerary for further details once it becomes available.

Program Costs
Program Fee: $2,835
What's included: 8 nights of hotel accommodations in shared rooms, on ground transportation and entrance fees for all academic visits and cultural activities, daily breakfast, a welcome dinner, and a farewell dinner and local transportation card.
What's not included: Airfare, lunches and most dinners.
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (includes international insurance, ISIC Card and a travel item)
Tuition: Graduate students pay the online course rate 

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships.  Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.
Spring Break scholarship deadline- November 15th

Application Process
Application Deadline:  November 15th, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $165 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, submit a passport copy and a passport sized photos. 

*The $165 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Information Session- International Computer Crime
Dublin, Ireland, Spring Break 2019 Program
Date: Thursday, November 1st
Time: 5 pm (central time)
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