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CRIM71-208: Prevention and Public Safety


This subject is an introduction 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. You will 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 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,800
  • Commencing in 2023: $3,900

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in critically appraising the schools or approaches within the field of crime prevention and delineate the specific techniques adopted by each. 2. Apply advanced knowledge and skills in critically evaluating the empirical research on crime prevention initiatives both in Australia and internationally. 3. Synthesise advanced knowledge of the theory, concepts, evidence and practice of crime prevention to specific crime scenarios/cases.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022