Subject details

By the end of this subject, students should develop the practical and conceptual skills that are beneficial for conducting crime analysis, diagnosing crime problems and recommending tactics to prevent or disrupt criminal activity.

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. recall in depth concepts relating to theories of crime, crime analysis, hypothesis generation and testing, situational crime prevention and their inter-connections
  2. critique a crime prevention initiative drawing on crime theories and models of crime analysis
  3. examine crime patterns and choose appropriate action for crime prevention in an hypothetical crime data set.
    • Introduction to crime analysis and investigation
    • Environmental Criminology
    • Case Study 1: Belmont
    • Case Study 2: Moppin' Up Dodge
    • Case Study 3: High Point
    • Models of Crime Analysis
    • Crime Patterns: Hot spots, hot times, repeat victimization
    • Practice Dataset 1
    • Practice Dataset 2
    • Practice Dataset 3
    • Situational Crime Prevention
    • CPTED and Design Against Crime
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


This is not an introductory subject, it is a Level 3 subject. You should complete other Level 1 or 2 criminology subjects before starting this subject. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is capable of standing as an independent subject of study but ideally follows CCJ22 Introduction to Policing. On completion, students will be conversant with the dominant theories explaining the relationship between crime and place, understand the main types of logical reasoning and be able to apply a systematic framework for analysis to crime problems.

The second half of the subject deals with specific topics, such as victim-, place-, offender-oriented analyses and how these inform tactical decisions and intervention work. While conceptual in parts, the objective of the subject is pragmatic. Students do not need high level mathematical ability to do well in this subject, only systematic and clear thinking.

  • Critique of analysis (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Analysis Exercise (40%)

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