Crime Prevention: Critical Approaches

Subject 191-542 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Criminal Justice Policy 100-point program.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Adam Sutton
Subject Overview:

Crime prevention is a growth area in applied criminology, and many graduates find themselves working in this field. This subject provides a basic understanding of relevant theory and practice. Current national and international developments are summarised and analyzed, and approaches to crime prevention are critically assessed. Specific topics include social prevention, environmental prevention, crime prevention through environmental design and the police and the business sectors' roles in crime prevention. Evaluation of prevention programs and strategies also is discussed. In line with the subject's policy emphasis, part of the assessment involves summarising and assessing a major Australian crime prevention initiative.

Assessment: An essay of 2500 words 50% (due during semester) and a take home examination of 2500 words 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.P O'Malley & A SuttonCrime Prevention in Australia: Issues in Policy and ResearchThe Federation Press 1997

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Formerly available as 191-421 Contemporary Crime Prevention. Students who have completed 191-421 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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