• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Political Sciences, Psychology, Security Studies, Criminology

The term targeted violence refers to violence that is predatory, goal-directed, and focused on specific victims. Targeted violence research investigates the impact of multiple factors on offenders, including; prior violence, criminality, mental health, environments, and communities Rather than searching for causality in simple terms, targeted violence research analyses seek to explain for whom and under what circumstances targeted violence seems like a viable option.

This course provides students with an overview of scientific perspectives of targeted violence, and outlines how targeted violence research can apply criminology and behavioural science principles to help the detection, assessment, and management of targeted violence.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. source relevant research publications on targeted violence, and interpret that information correctly;
  2. use theory and understandings to analyse targeted violence across multiple levels;
  3. explain key theoretical and practical issues in countering targeted violence; and
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual and methodological issues involved in studying targeted violence as a concrete scientific subject.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Online Contributions (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Written Assignment, 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed SOCY2043 or SOCY2038 or CRIM2001 or PSYC2009, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6015.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

You are expected to have a basic level of research methods knowledge and training.


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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
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6685 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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