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CY3456 - Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

CY3456 (Townsville) will only be offered EXTERNALLY for 2020

The study of crime prevention and community safety encompasses a range of theoretical and analytical frameworks that address both proximal and distal causes of crime and other deviant behaviour. The main theories of crime prevention (eg routine activity, crime pattern and rational choice) inform criminal justice policy strategies at several levels of intervention - primary, secondary and tertiary. Community safety programmes tend to be collaborative and localised in nature, and are intended to be democratically empowering. This subject also examines practical elements of programme design, implementation and evaluation through the selective use of local and international case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • to apply these skills to the analysis of specific criminological case studies;
  • to demonstrate a critical understanding of the proximal and distal causes of crime;
  • to distinguish between selected criminological theories as they are applied to the analysis of crime and critically assess their strengths and weaknesses;
  • to formulate independent critical ideas and arguments;
  • to identify key figures, schools and central themes in social and situational/environmental crime prevention.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: 24 credit points of any level 1, 2 and/or 3 subjects


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Mark Chong.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 18 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.