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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Alistair Harkness


Not offered in 2016


This unit examines crime prevention and crime reduction initiatives, programs and strategies that attempt to alleviate the problem of criminal activities. This unit surveys crime prevention from the local community to that of global perspectives. Theories and arguments of crime prevention policy and practice are examined. Students learn various research methodologies used in conducting and evaluating crime prevention initiatives. Specific topics to be explored include threats to national security, international and transnational crime, people smuggling, theft of body parts, money laundering, drugs, commercial and organised crime, white-collar crime, public disorder and street crimes.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students are expected to have developed:

  1. a critical understanding of various theories and strategies of crime prevention
  2. the ability to critically examine changes in international and transnational offending via appropriate legal, political and justice perspectives
  3. a critical understanding of the governance and administration of collaborative international crime prevention efforts
  4. the ability to evaluate the effectiveness and importance of crime prevention initiatives by identifying limitations and assumptions that underpin such programs
  5. an awareness of global justice attempts to curb global crime problems
  6. the ability to formulate crime prevention policy and practice
  7. the ability to research and complete a substantial research project of the student's own choice
  8. the ability to hypothesise about likely future global crime problems.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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