• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology

Crime and the social conditions which drive or suppress criminal behaviour vary from place to place. Criminology at the Scene is designed to break down the artificial barriers of understanding crime in different contexts which can incubate in a purely classroom setting. Criminology at the Scene takes advantage of existing linkages the Australian National University has with national and global institutions to provide a unique experience in applied criminology.

Criminology at the Scene offers students the opportunity to undertake fieldwork during the Winter Session, and engage directly with academics and practitioners operating in a distinctly different environments (e.g. urban, rural, the US, China).

Students should note they are responsible for their personal travel and associated costs.

Contact the course convener for details of the next field school.

Travel requirement: Students will only be permitted to travel outside of Canberra upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Record and interpret meaningful observations using criminological theory in the field.
  2. Prepare, plan and execute the necessary requirements in accordance with applicable law, custom and policy for study related travel to national or international locales.
  3. Critically reflect on criminological theory applied to field observations.
  4. Collaborate with local representatives.

Other Information

Places are limited. In the event of over-subscription, priority is given to students in the Bachelor of Criminology.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Application for Criminology at the Scene and travel preparation (10) [LO 2]
  2. Wattle / on-line contributions (uploaded recordings, written reflections) (20) [LO 1,4]
  3. Daily field journal (c.100-150 words/day) (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. 2000 word Field Report (40%) (40) [LO 1,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time including:

3-week full-time intensive study trip under academic supervision.

   5 hours observation/engagement and recording/day x 15 days (75 hours)

   1 hour discussion and reflection/day x 15 days (15 hours)

   10 hours pre-travel preparation

Students are expected to commit a further 30 hours of independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of 2000 level or above Criminology (CRIM) courses, or with the permission of the convenor You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM3004.

You will need to contact the ANU Centre for Social Research Methods to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

not required

Assumed Knowledge

A sound understanding of criminological or sociological theory


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4326 01 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023 In Person View

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