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Crime Prevention: Critical Approaches (CRIM90010)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90010
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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.

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.

Last updated: 9 November 2018