• Class Number 9089
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course offers students an opportunity for the advanced study of a special topic in crime, criminology, or criminal justice practice. The course content will vary from year to year in response to new and emerging theoretical and practical issues in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. source and evaluate information and data about criminology in Australia;
  2. explain key theoretical and practical issues in criminology in written and/or oral form, at a level consistent with the expectations of the discipline; and,
  3. use criminological theory and understanding to interpret and apply the material covered in the course.

Field Trips

In 2020, CRIM2011 includes a series of six self-navigated field trips. Students will need to have access to art or cultural institutions, and a university campus (not necessarily ANU). Destinations for each trip are at the discretion of the student. Costs of transport to and from field trips and any entry fee is the responsibility of the student. Additional information will be provided in Week 1.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction - What is art? What is crime? What is art crime? Field trip 1 - What would you steal? (Weeks 1 & 2)
2 Theft of art and Looting
3 Trafficking and Treaties Field trip 2 - the path to the Museum (Weeks 3 & 4)
4 Iconoclasm and Vandalism Case Study due 21 August 2020
5 Forgery & fakes and Exploiting indigenous art & artists Field trip 3 - How safe is it? (Weeks 5 & 6)
6 Fraud and False provenance Desktop Analysis due 18 September 2020 (teaching break)
7 Due diligence and Investigating art crime Field trip 4 - Night & Day (Weeks 7 & 8)
8 Return & restitution and Organised crime & money-laundering
9 Depicting crime in art and Art & political crimes Field trip 5 - Vandalism or art? (Weeks 9 & 10)
10 The artist as criminal and biographical essays Field Report due 16 October 2020
11 Art as crime and Underwater cultural heritage Field trip 6 - What's the crime? (Weeks 11 & 12)
12 The problem of ivory and Blue Shield Biographical essay due 6 November 2020

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * 1, 2, 3
Case Study 20 % 21/08/2020 1, 2, 3
Desktop Analysis 20 % 18/09/2020 1, 2, 3
Field Report 20 % 16/10/2020 1, 2, 3
Biographical Essay 30 % 06/11/2020 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Participation will be assessed by student contributions to the fieldwork blog in Wattle and participation in tutorials.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/08/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Case Study

The case study should outline an art crime that does not have characteristics that can easily be framed under theories of rational criminality. The report should adequately describe the case and clearly indicate what type of art crime has occurred. The report should also explain why the case cannot easily be framed by theories of rational criminality. Alternative theoretical explanations for the case are not required. 1000 words.

See Wattle for the marking rubric.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 18/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Desktop Analysis

Students shall select a piece of public art in Canberra / Queanbeyan region and complete a desktop analysis. A desk review is a systematic search of credible on-line resources and available databases to build a narrative around the item or object under review.


The desk-top analysis of a piece of public art in Canberra / Queanbeyan region should include:

A description of the work; where it is located; when it was installed; relevant media reporting; reports of vandalism, iconoclasm, theft or other criminality. (1000 words)

See Wattle for the marking rubric

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Field Report

Using their desktop analysis as a starting point, students will visit the piece of public art at various times of day and prepare a report based on Crime Proofing Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. The report should include photos of security measures and assessed risks. The conclusion should include what is being done, what could be done and observations on what was not revealed through the desk-top review. (1000 words)

See Wattle for the marking rubric

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Biographical Essay

All students must prepare a 1500 word biographical essay of an artist turned criminal, or criminal turned artist (e.g. Caravaggio (murder); Whitely (drug use); Gacey (serial killer)). The biographical essay should consider whether art influenced the crimes or crimes influenced the art framed with an appropriate criminological theory.

See Wattle for the marking rubric

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Adam Masters

Research Interests

Corruption & Anti-Corruption; Organised Crime; Sport Integrity

Dr Adam Masters

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