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LAWS6193: Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control

Intensive April, 2023 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit examines responses to crime and crime prevention with reference to shifting notions of crime and responsibility for crime. It encourages a critical appreciation of the limitations of criminal justice system responses to crime and the necessity to develop a broader approach to crime prevention policy which responds to economic, social and cultural issues. The unit examines different ways of thinking about criminal justice, such as a means of order maintenance, dispute resolution, or risk management, and the shifting focus towards the prevention of future harms. Specific topics may include: restorative justice specialist courts, privatisation and contractualism, security, policing, and approaches to crime prevention and community safety.

Unit details and rules

Unit code LAWS6193
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Garner Clancey,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Essay Synopsis (ungraded)
Written synopsis of essay topic
0% Week 06
Due date: 27 Mar 2023 at 04:00

Closing date: 27 Mar 2023
300-500wd / 17 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment hurdle task Interim Essay
Interim Essay (Long Release)
35% Week 08
Due date: 17 Apr 2023 at 16:00

Closing date: 24 Apr 2023
2500 words / 5 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO4 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Final Essay
Final Essay (Long Release)
65% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 16:00

Closing date: 03 Jun 2023
5000 words / 8 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Interim Essay (Long Release) 35%:

The maximum word count for the Interim Essay is 2,500 words.  Students are required to choose two of the following models of crime prevention: situational, social or developmental. Describe these two models and highlight perceived strengths and limitations of each model. Use examples to demonstrate key observations. Relevant literature should be considered and referenced to support analysis. The deadline for submission is 4pm Monday 17 April 2023. 

Final Essay (Long Release) 65%:

The maximum word count for the Final Essay is 5,000 words. The essay will focus on an aspect of crime prevention determined by the student and approved by the Unit Coordinator. Approval will be granted following submission of a written synopsis of the essay topic (300-500 words) which must be submitted no later than 4pm Monday 27 March 2023. Relevant literature, including core unit texts and readings, should be considered and referenced to support analysis. The deadline for submission is 4pm Friday 26 May 2023.

The outcome of a grant of special consideration application may include an alternative task, at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator.

Students must retain pre-submitted drafts of their assessments on file.

Word Limit Penalty

A piece of assessment which exceeds the prescribed word limit will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the piece of assessment for every 100 words, or part thereof. The total word count for essay and other written assessments will exclude all footnotes and any bibliography (if required).

Use of editors or proof-readers

The use of assistance in preparing and editing assessment tasks in this unit of study is strictly prohibited. Assistance includes human and automated writing tools (not including spell checking).

Assessment requirement to pass a unit of study

A student must make a genuine attempt at all assessment tasks set out for this Unit of Study in order to obtain a Pass mark and grade (or above); otherwise an Absent Fail grade will be recorded as the student’s result for this Unit of Study.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Work receiving a high distinction grade will generally exhibit the following characteristics:
• Completely answers the question.
• Contains striking originality of approach or analysis.
• Demonstrates exhaustive or innovative research (where independent research
• Exceptionally well written, structured and expressed.
• Is otherwise exceptional in some way.


75 - 84

Work receiving a distinction grade will generally exhibit the following characteristics:
• Completely answers the question.
• Achieves a critical and evaluative approach to the issues.
• Content and structure is well organised in support of the argument.
• Demonstrates extensive research and analysis to support a well-documented
• Generally well expressed and free from errors.
• Has a clear structure and is well articulated.


65 - 74

Work receiving a credit grade will generally exhibit the following characteristics:
• Covers main issues fairly well in answering the question.
• Contains no significant errors
• Demonstrates an attempted critical approach to the issues.
• Demonstrates reasonably sound research and analysis in addressing the key issues.
• Has a clear structure and reasonably clear expression.


50 - 64

Work receiving a pass grade will generally exhibit the following characteristics:
• Identifies the key issues, but does not follow through with a reasoned argument.
• Contains some significant errors.
• Displays satisfactory engagement with the key issues.
• Offers descriptive summary of material relevant to the question.
• Superficial use of material, and may display a tendency to paraphrase.
• Demonstrates little evidence of in-depth research or analysis.
• Adequate expression.
• Overall, demonstrates the minimum level of competence in the assessment and
satisfies the requirements to proceed to higher-level studies in the degree or subject


0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons:
• Does not answer the question.
• Contains significant or numerous errors.
• Few or no identifiable arguments.
• Content that is inappropriate or irrelevant.
• Lack of research or analysis.
• Difficult or impossible to understand through poor grammar, expression or
• Overall, does not demonstrate the minimum level of competence in the

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The late submission of a piece of assessment, without an approved extension, will attract a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the piece of assessment per calendar day or part thereof. For example, a submission after 11pm but by 11:59pm on the due date for submission will attract a 10% penalty. A submission after midnight of the due date for submission will attract a 20% penalty.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing 1. Introduction to crime prevention; 2. Explaining the ‘preventive turn’; 3 Crime patterns and trends Seminar (8 hr)  
1. Social crime prevention; 2. Developmental crime prevention; 3. Local approaches to prevention Seminar (8 hr)  
1. Situational crime prevention / CPTED; 2. Policing for prevention; 3. Criminal justice prevention Seminar (8 hr)  
1. Evidence-based crime prevention; 2. International approaches to prevention; 3. Recent and future trends Seminar (8 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: All students are required to attend 70% of classes (or as otherwise specified by the Unit Coordinator) to satisfy the pass requirements for each unit of study. Failure to meet this requirement may result in a student being precluded from sitting the final assessment. For units offered in Intensive mode, participation in all scheduled sessions may be expected by a Unit Coordinator in order to satisfy the requirements of the unit.

Referencing: The Sydney Law School expects you to use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition, 2018) for your footnoting style, although you should confirm this with your lecturer, and a link to the library website where this is set out comprehensively is available at

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Please refer to the Reading List in Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. define crime prevention and consider debates regarding what crime prevention constitutes
  • LO2. consider different models and approaches to preventing and controlling crime
  • LO3. understand some of the challenges to implementing and evaluating crime prevention and crime control measures
  • LO4. understand some of the developments leading to the ‘preventive turn’
  • LO5. position the growth of crime prevention and crime control within broader socio-legal contexts
  • LO6. examine contemporary crime trends and consider the impact of crime prevention and crime control measures, as well as identifying future crime and crime prevention trends
  • LO7. examine contemporary debates in criminology/criminal justice
  • LO8. apply theoretical insights to the analysis of criminological issues
  • LO9. critically examine crime prevention and criminal justice policy
  • LO10. analyse influences on the creation of current crime control agenda
  • LO11. examine shifting notions of responsibility for crime, crime control and crime prevention.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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