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CRIM12-208: Prevention and Public Safety May 2020 [Standard]

General information

Students will be introduced to the international sub-field of crime prevention (or crime reduction) which differs significantly from crime control even though the terms are often used interchangeably. Students will be able to discern that prevention comprises opportunity reducing measures that (1) are directed at highly specific forms of crime, (2) involve the management, design or manipulation of the immediate environment in as systematic and permanent way as possible, (3) make crime more difficult and risky, or less rewarding and excusable as judged by a wide range of offenders (Clarke 1997, 4). Students will be able to differentiate between the four main approaches to crime prevention that have developed on the global stage, especially from the UK, USA, The Netherlands and Australia. They comprise: situational, developmental, community/social and CPTED. Students will discover the analytical approach, sets of techniques and practical applications of these forms of crime prevention. They will engage in analysis of discrete situations, environments or crime types such as graffiti on public transport, car theft in shopping centres, or assaults near nightclubs. Students are to examine a range of international empirical evaluations of crime prevention measures through the use of research studies and will have the opportunity to engage in practical crime prevention exercises.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:CRIM12-208
Subject title:Crime Prevention
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Personal study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Remote learning for semester 202


Prescribed resources:
  • Sutton, A., A. Cherney and R. White (2014). Crime Prevention: Principles, Perspectives and Practices. 2nd, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to identify the key differences between crime prevention and crime control.
  2. Students will be able to critically appraise the various 'schools' or approaches within the field of crime prevention and to delineate the specific techniques adopted within each one.
  3. Students will be able to evaluate the empirical research on crime prevention initiatives both in Australia and internationally.
  4. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the theory and practice of crime prevention to specific crime scenarios.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Quiz A multiple-choice and short-answer quizz will be posted online in Week 7 and will test the material discussed in lectures, tutorials and from the textbook readings. It is of 60 minutes duration and worth 25% of total assessment. 25% Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4.
Presentation This is an individual 15 minute presentation about a crime problem and the crime prevention strategy you would propose to address it. The topic can be individual or a shared class one. Powerpoint presentations (with or without voiceover) can be used, but the key aim is to be able to describe the problem and your solution within the short time-frame, and to engage your audience. You will deliver this using the Collaborate platform in iLearn. A schedule for these orals will be drawn up at mutually convenient times commencing from Week 9. 50% Week 9 3, 4.
*Online Quiz A multiple-choice and short-answer quizz will be posted online in Week 11 and will test the material discussed in lectures, tutorials and from the textbook readings. It is of 60 minutes duration and worth 25% of total assessment. 25% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

Subject overview and assessment material

Theoretical approaches (Chapter 1)

Problem-solving, classifications (Chapter 2)

Social approaches (Chapter 3*)

SCP approach (Chapter 4*)

DCP approach (Chapter 3*)

Types of evaluations (Chapter 5 & 6)

International comparisons (Chapter 7 & 8)

Participation and planning (Chapter 9 & 10)

Graffiti and gangs

Emerging issues and critical appraisal

Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 2.6
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.