• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Psychology, Security Studies, Criminology

There are multiple strategies that are implemented by individuals, communities, institutions, and agencies that are designed to target the individual, social, and environmental causes of crime. The prevention of crime is multifaceted and involves theory, scientific evidence, the application of an appropriate framework, intervention, and evaluation. Developing a holistic understanding of crime prevention approaches, including theoretical underpinnings and rationale, is vital in determining the most appropriate and effective prevention strategies. This course will give students an in-depth understanding of crime prevention strategies. This course will investigate six key crime prevention theories; enforcement, situational crime prevention, developmental crime prevention, individual crime prevention, community crime prevention, and economic disruption. Students will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of the process of crime prevention, the theoretical frameworks, the application of interventions, and the evaluation of interventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of crime prevention;
  2. explain the key issues in determining the most appropriate and effective crime prevention strategies;
  3. use theory and the scientific method to critically evaluate crime prevention approaches; and
  4. analyse the complex role of crime prevention initiatives both within and outside the criminal justice system.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Group Presentation - in-class presentation for 20 minutes (5 minutes per student) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Online Participation - 1000 words - 500 words for case presentation (10%) and 500 words for critical assessment (10%) (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Written Assessment - 3000 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Exam - held in the final examination period (25) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours of total learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: delivered either as a three hour weekly workshop or a three hour weekly combination of lecture and tutorial or 36 hours of workshops taught intensively

b) 94 hours of independent learning

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol on this course you must have completed 48 units of study, including CRIM2014 - Introduction to Crime Science, and at least 12 units of 2000/3000 level criminology (CRIM) courses, or with the permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Lawrence W. Sherman; David P. Farrington; Brandon C. Welsh; Doris L. MacKenzie (2006). Evidence-Based Crime Prevention. (Revised Ed.) Taylor & Francis

Adam Sutton; Adrian Cherney; Rob White; and Garner Clancey (2021). Crime Prevention: Principles, Perspectives and Practices (3rd Ed.) Cambridge


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

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3262 23 Feb 2026 02 Mar 2026 31 Mar 2026 29 May 2026 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8545 27 Jul 2026 03 Aug 2026 31 Aug 2026 30 Oct 2026 In Person N/A

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