CULT 3008 Crime Prevention and Community

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102038

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Description In Spring 2020 this subject replaced by 102708 - Crime Prevention and Drugs. This subject will examine the theory, politics and practice of crime prevention. It will address current approaches to crime prevention, evaluate their effectiveness and examine emerging strategies in the field. The subject will consider the diversity of crimes and the ways in which some are constructed as preventable and others are not, while discussing the challenges posed by unreported crime, fear of crime and the relation between patterns of victimisation and social disadvantage. The subject will draw on empirical literature linking individual, social and contextual factors to the production and prevention of deviant behaviours and explore the potential of crime prevention strategies for alleviating the social ills associated with crime and deviance.

School Social Sciences

Discipline Criminology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects CULT 2014 - Victimisation and Crime Prevention

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain key theoretical frameworks underpinning approaches to crime prevention
  2. Critically evaluate traditional crime prevention policies and practices
  3. Examine emerging innovations in crime prevention
  4. Develop crime prevention solutions
  5. Communicate crime prevention solutions to community and industry stakeholders

Subject Content

Fear, insecurity, risk and governance - examining the construction of targets for ?econtrol?f
Defining crime prevention - the origins and theoretical foundations of crime prevention
Social prevention
Physical environment and neighbourhood crime prevention
Drugs, crime, and harm minimisation as crime prevention
Changing spaces for crime prevention
Planning and crime prevention partnerships
Crime control as industry ? a critical look at the growth of the crime prevention industry


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz Six quizzes ( five questions each) 30 N Individual
Log/Workbook 1000 words 30 N Group
Professional Task 2000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Sutton, A, Cherney, A and White R. 2014, Crime Prevention: Principles, Perspectives and Practices, 2nd Edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.