Crime Prevention: Critical Approaches

Subject CRIM90010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Aug-2016 to 26-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Aug-2016
Census Date 26-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 14-Oct-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 32 contact hours: This subject will be delivered intensively from 9:00am - 5:00pm, with seminars over four days.
Total Time Commitment:

Total 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Undergraduate level

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof John Fitzgerald


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.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.
  • A 1500 word take-home test (30%) due mid-semester
  • An essay of 3500 words (70%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Seminar attendance is compulsory at all classes. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Crime Prevention: Principles, Perspectives and Practices (A Sutton, A. Cherney and R. White) Cambridge University Press 2008

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Criminology
PD-ARTS Criminology

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