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CRIM71-208: Crime Prevention


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,760
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,800

Learning outcomes

1. Transform advanced knowledge to identify the key differences between crime prevention and crime control.
2. Apply advanced skills 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. Transform advanced information to evaluate the empirical research on crime prevention initiatives both in Australia and internationally.
4. Apply advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of crime prevention to specific crime scenarios.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021