• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Security Studies, Environmental Science, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Emily Corner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2024
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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; and
  4. use theory and understandings to critically analyse crime prevention approaches.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 2 Online Quizzes (held in Week 6 and Week 11) (10% each) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Written Assignment, 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Exam, 3 hours (held during examination period) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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

To enrol in this course you must have completed CRIM1001 and CRIM1002, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6014.

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 one following courses: SOCY1002, SOCY1004


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9419 01 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person N/A

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