• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Benjamin Edwards
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2020
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Like elsewhere in the world, the overwhelming majority of all recorded crime in Australia is committed by young people and the question of how best to respond has been the subject of significant and ongoing debate in criminology. This course will introduce students to developmental criminology as a foundation for understanding the causes and correlates of youth offending and antisocial behaviour across the life-course. It explores the experience of young people as participants of a criminal justice system shaped by competing historical, theoretical and political debates about how best to achieve the seemingly impossible balance between child protection, treatment and punishment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Source and evaluate information and data about youth crime in Australia;
  2. Compare and contrast different explanations for juvenile offending;
  3. Critically discuss different youth crime reduction policies and prevention strategies;
  4. Propose an intervention program for young offenders in varying contexts; and,
  5. Discuss research and present findings, both orally and in written form.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Intensive offering: (null) [LO null]
  2. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,4]
  3. Tutorial presentation (10 Minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. Intervention policy and program proposal (2000 words) (20) [LO 1,4,5]
  5. Mid-course quiz (1 hour, multiple choice via wattle) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  6. Take home exam (Essay responses, 2 weeks, 3500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  7. 12 week offering: (null) [LO null]
  8. Tutorial and Wattle participation (10) [LO 1,5]
  9. Tutorial Presentation (10 Minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  10. Intervention policy and program proposal (2500 words) (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  11. Mid-semester quiz (1 hour, multiple choice via wattle) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  12. Take home exam (3500 words, 2 weeks) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The mode of delivery for this course may be either in person or intensive:
In person: 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 workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Intensive: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials taught intensively.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM2006.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5585 15 Jun 2020 17 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020 24 Jul 2020 In Person N/A

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