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Crime Prevention: Community and Developmental Approaches

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    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

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  • Awarded by:

    Griffith University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Crime Prevention: Community and Developmental Approaches is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia, in association with Griffith University. It explores numerous developmental strategies for reducing crime in disadvantaged localities. The aim is to provide you with an overall framework for preventing crime through evaluation of different insights and approaches from community development programs.

To begin with, the key developmental criminology and primary prevention theories are explained and considered, to provide you with a broad theoretical knowledge of the subject. Following this, students apply the theories to real case studies, helping them develop a practical understanding of crime prevention.

Ultimately, the unit provides you with a comprehensive methodology for preventing crime, and its associated problems, at a local level. The insights gained not only help those interested in this area, but also provide a wider understanding of how economic background informs criminality.



As this is a level 3 unit, it assumes prior knowledge of the field. You should complete a number of other first or second year units prior to enrolling.

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this criminology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to developmental crime prevention
  • Early prevention of antisocial behaviour
  • Developmental systems and contemporary
  • Risk factors: individual, family, social
  • Protective factors: individual, family, social
  • Pathways to offending: longitudinal studies
  • Prevention during pregnancy
  • Family-based prevention
  • School-based prevention
  • Prevention for adolescents
  • Activating developmental and community crime prevention
  • Economic costs and benefits of primary prevention
  • Evaluating initiatives, implications for the way forward
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

For anyone interested in making a meaningful difference in underprivileged communities, this unit outlines the key strategies and ideas surrounding the prevention of crime. Furthermore, applying this methodology to real cases will increase your confidence in undertaking such projects in the real world.

However, that is not to say that this unit will only benefit those looking to work in crime prevention. In fact, the ability to perform rigorous strategic analysis is an impressive, not to mention useful, skill for any employer.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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