• Class Number 4326
  • Term Code 3350
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Adam Masters
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 01/07/2023
  • Class End Date 30/09/2023
  • Census Date 21/07/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 21/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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; and
  4. collaborate with local representatives.

Field Trips

CRIM3003 is a Fieldwork course. Details of required travel and fieldwork are provided to participating students throughout the application process and in a pre-departure briefing.

Additional Course Costs

CRIM3003 is a Fieldwork course. Details of costs are provided to participating students throughout the application process and in a pre-departure briefing.

Examination Material or equipment

Students will need a smartphone or similar technology for photography, recording field-notes, preparation of blog entries and other assessment activities.

Required Resources

Details of required resources are provided to participating students throughout the application process and in a pre-departure briefing.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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
  • Daily briefs & debriefs

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 City Centre Loot & Colonialism International Organisations - UNODC Vienna Criminal Museum Viennese Cafés Task 1 - Application and travel preparation Task 2 - Wattle on-line contribution Task 3 - Daily Field Journal
2 Graffiti crimes or street art? Bratislava Sigmund Freud Appartments Narrenturn - the Fool's Tower Viennese bars Task 2 - Wattle on-line contribution Task 3 - Daily Field Journal
3 Rural Crime Transport Crime Fake Art International Organisations - IACA Viennese Nightclubs Task 2 - Wattle on-line contribution Task 3 - Daily Field Journal Task 4 - Field Report

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Application for Criminology at the Scene and travel preparation 10 % 04/07/2023 2
Wattle / online contributions 20 % 25/07/2023 1, 4
Field Journal 30 % 25/07/2023 1, 3, 4
Field Report 40 % 05/08/2023 1, 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Participation is not assessed in this course. Students are expected to meet daily for the brief/debrief. Non-attendance will be followed up with a welfare check due to the international nature of the course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 2

Application for Criminology at the Scene and travel preparation

Planning and execution of national and international travel with an institutional purpose in mind is a complex undertaking (e.g. for China – visa, DFAT Smarttraveller; ANU Travel policy and form; Insurance, etc.). The complete ANU travel form and a one page CV (in their application) provide assessable tasks for this Assessment item. This incorporates both experiential learning, and the opportunity for instructive feedback. Students will receive full marks for this assessment task if they are present at the first day of the course as they cannot be in attendance without having successfully navigated the bureaucratic requirements.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4

Wattle / online contributions

This assessment task requires students to make short video or sound recordings on their mobile device/laptop to capture their observations in real-time (LO1). use of technology allows students to engage with more familiar means of recording and communicating their work. assessment and feedback can be undertaken in real-time. Electronic recording may capture interpretable data not immediately observed by the student, enabling later reflection and interpretation (LO3). Further, social media-like participation offers the opportunity for interaction with locals – whether they are students, residents, academics or officials – Students will need to negotiate such engagement (LO4).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Field Journal

This provides evidence of student engagement. Again, locale will determine whether the journal is a direct entry into Wattle, a recording on a personal device, or a written record for later transcription (LO1). The journal is also to record what students have done to engage/collaborate locally (emails sent, telephone calls made, discussions, interviews, field trips etc.) (LO4). The field journal allows for free writing to develop thoughts on how criminological theory informs their interpretation of their observations. Key guiding questions will be provided to students to stimulate their reflections (e.g. How does the American strain theory (Merton, 1938) apply to what you have observed?) (LO3). An indicative word limit has been provided, but students will be provided advice on different writing styles for such records (e.g. rich & thick as per Geertz, 1973, or succinct and precise).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 05/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Field Report

The report enables students to draw together their observations into a coherent, theoretically informed narrative (LO1 & 3). The report will be informed by all the work that has gone before - planning, on-line contributions and their field journal.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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
6125 0787

Research Interests

Corruption; organised crime; art crime; Governance

Dr Adam Masters

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