Social crime prevention seeks to reduce the likelihood that an individual will include crime as part of their repertoire of behaviours through implementing evidence-based interventions at all stages of life and in the places where people learn, live, work and play. This unit explores recent innovations in social prevention, drawing from such diverse fields as social psychology, behavioural economics, developmental prevention and public health. Topics covered may include family violence and violence against women, digital crime, crime in the West, terrorism, intergenerational crime, and the role of schools, community, media and sport. Students will also engage in hands on project design and evaluation.

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LCR6003 - Introduction to Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise key approaches in social crime prevention;  
  2. Design effective evidence-based social prevention;  
  3. Articulate best practice in evaluation of social prevention.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography 1500 words 20%
Presentation In class presentation with peer feedback 20%
Report Prevention and evaluation report (3500 words) 60%

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