Crime Prevention: Critical Approaches

Subject 191-542 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 6.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in criminology, socio-legal studies or sociology, or the Master of Criminology.
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 Crosbie Sutton


To be advised
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.
  • understand contemporary crime prevention theories and techniques;
  • be able to apply crime prevention theory in specific contexts;
  • recognise and be able to explain problems and challenges experienced in attempting to ensure that prevention displaces 'law and order' as the principle paradigm for dealing with crime in Western societies;
  • understand social and political factors which affect the development and application of crime prevention policy.
Assessment: An essay of 2500 words, 50% (due during semester) and; a take home examination of 2500 words 50% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
  • Crime Prevention in Australia: Issues in Policy and Research (P O'Malley & A Sutton) The Federation Press 1997
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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 and 191-542. Students who have completed 191-421 or 191-542 are not eligibel to enrol in this subject.

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Criminology (100-point program).

Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology

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