• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Ben Edwards
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2025
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Around the world, the vast majority of crime and antisocial behaviour is committed by young people.   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. In doing so, the course  will review leading theories and etiological causes of youth offending and antisocial behaviour, with an eye towards how this research may inform crime reduction policies and prevention strategies (i.e., evidenced-based policies and practices).    A major component of this course will be understanding how  theories and policies covered in this course apply to the significant and ongoing debate in Australia regarding how to best respond to youth offending through policy and the juvenile justice system.

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 and the world;
  2. display a critically-informed understanding of the theories and potential etiological causes of juvenile delinquency;
  3. critically discuss how research may inform current youth crime reduction policies and prevention strategies in Australia; and
  4. 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. Mid-semester quiz (1 hour, multiple choice via wattle) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. Take home exam (Essay responses, 2 weeks, 3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. 12 week offering: (null) [LO null]
  7. Tutorial participation (5) [LO 1,4]
  8. Tutorial Presentation (10 Minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  9. Major Essay (3000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  10. Take home exam (Multiple Choice and Short Essay, 1 week, 1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from either:
Intensive offering:
a) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials taught intensively    and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
12 week offering:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials    and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Criminology (CRIM) or Sociology (SOCY) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6006.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed reading for this course will be available in a reading brick. It will include texts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, history, public health, social medicine and criminology.

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.  

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.

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6.00 0.12500
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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
5352 01 Apr 2025 TBA TBA 30 Jun 2025 In Person N/A

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