• 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 Engineering, Security Studies, Environmental Science, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • 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;
  4. use theory and understandings to critically analyse crime prevention approaches and
  5. critically evaluate operational crime prevention approaches.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online Quizzes (Week 6 & 11) (10% each for a total of 20%) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Written Assignment, 4000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Exam, 3 hours (held during examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM2014.

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 undergraduate criminology, sociology, or psychology programs.


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

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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