• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Sociology, Criminology
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

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 (Extended) offers students the opportunity to undertake comparative fieldwork in two locales. Held during the Winter Session, students will engage directly with academics and practitioners operating in distinctly different environments (e.g. urban and rural Australia, or the US and Canada).

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 from two locales;
  4. collaborate with local representatives in two locales; and
  5. analyse key differences in approaches to criminological issues.

Work Integrated Learning


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 1,3,4]
  3. Daily field journal (c.100-150 words/day) (30) [LO 1,3,4]
  4. 4000 word comparative analytic field report (40) [LO 1,3,5]

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260 hours of total student learning time including:

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

   5 hours observation/engagement and recording/day x 25 days (125 hours)

   2 hour discussion and reflection/day x 25 days (50 hours)

   10 hours pre-travel preparation

Students are expected to commit a further 75 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 CRIM3003.

You will need to contact the POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research 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:
12 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.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $10560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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