• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Security Studies, Environmental Science , Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Whilst traditional criminological theories focus on how deviance and crime is constructed, crime science offers a new way of understanding and responding to crime and security problems. This course outlines the distinctive nature of the crime science approach to understanding, preventing, detecting and investigating crime problems. This course presents the key theories that explain the temporal and spatial patterning of crime events, and introduces the associated strategies for disrupting these patterns. This course also emphasises the need for a multidisciplinary approach to address crime and security problems.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of crime science;
  2. source relevant research publications on crime science and environmental criminology, and interpret that information correctly;
  3. critique the value of key theories in explaining criminal behaviour; and
  4. use theory and understandings to critically analyse crime prevention approaches.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 Online Quizzes (held in Week 6 and Week 11) (10% each) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Written Assignment, 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Exam, 3 hours (held during examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; or 36 hours of contact taught intensively; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Must have completed CRIM1001 and CRIM1002, or with the express permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Wortley, R., & Townsley, M. (2017). Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (2nd Ed.) Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be advantaged by completing one following courses: SOCY1002, SOCY1004


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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