Course Title: Crime Prevention

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Crime Prevention

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Lucy Maxwell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (03) 9925 4411

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge 

This course is a second year core course in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Administration. As such, it is assumed that students taking this course will have some prior knowledge of the theory and operation of the criminal justice system, criminology and/or legal studies. It is recommended that students without this assumed knowledge contact the course coordinator prior to enrolling to seek advice about preparatory reading that will support their studies in this course. 

Course Description

This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of crime prevention theory and practice. You will learn about the theories underpinning environmental and social crime prevention and how they work in practice as response to crime and safety problems. You will learn about the design, implementation and assessment of crime prevention, and the role played by crime prevention in the policy landscape of Australia and elsewhere. The course will focus on the role of prevention in a variety of contemporary issues such as interpersonal crime, graffiti, alcohol-related violence, and cybercrime. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Effectively apply the principles, theories and philosophies of the criminal justice system in practical contexts 
  2. Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to crime management and criminal justice systems in local and international contexts 
  3. Reflect on and implement ethical practice and social responsibility in diverse criminal justice settings  

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Assess leading crime prevention theories and methods and their policy implications;
  2. Demonstrate your analytical and critical capacities in assessing crime prevention theory and practice 
  3. Identify topical issues surrounding the adoption and implementation of current crime prevention policies 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered fully online or in mixed mode with some face to face classes. Lectures (online or face-to-face) will introduce weekly topics and key concepts. In workshops, you will explore the weekly topics and concepts in further depth through topical case studies and scenarios. By completing related assessment tasks you will develop professional knowledge and skills. 

Overview of Learning Resources

There is generally a prescribed text for this course. You will also be advised about relevant readings throughout the course as various topics are addressed.  

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

    Assessment Task 1: In class activities, 25% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

    Assessment Task 2: Site Analysis, 25%, CLO2 and CLO3 

    Assessment Task 3 Prevention Report, 50% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.