Developmental Crime Prevention - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Literature Review (40%) , Assignment 2 - Program Proposal (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,625.00
International 2,875.00

This unit focuses on developmental prevention to construct a framework for thinking about the prevention of crime and associated problems at the individual, family and local level. The challenges of implementing a package of evidence-based programs for disadvantaged communities in a way that influences multiple risk and protective factors as well as empowering the local residents and changing developmentally relevant institutions and social policies are discussed in this unit. Assessment will include developing a proposal for a relevant crime prevention project as well as demonstrating evidence of knowledge of relevant theory, methods for intervening in developmental pathways, and implementing and evaluating projects.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Have the ability to find and review developmental crime prevention literature
  2. Be able to apply and understand developmental criminological theories in relation to research designs and outcomes.
  3. Have skills in designing a developmental prevention program with consideration towards resource and funding requirements, methodological limitations, and process and outcome evaluations.
  4. Have an understanding of the relationship between policy objectives and crime prevention programs
  5. Be able to communicate developmental crime prevention policy
  • Assignment 1 — Literature Review (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Program Proposal (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Discussion Forum (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Life Course Perspective
2Ecological and social perspectives
3Intersection of developmental and community approaches
4Risk factors: individual, family, social
5Protective factors: individual, family, social
6Pathways to offending: longitudinal studies
7Infant-directed projects
8Family-based and School-based projects
9Multi-systemic therapy
10Violence prevention for adolescents
11Assessing needs, building partnerships
12Evaluating initiatives, implications for policy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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