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CY3456 - Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Mark Chong.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (20%); (10%).

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