JST535 Crime Prevention & Young People (8)

Grounded in a critical appreciation of popular misconceptions about the contribution of juveniles to officially recorded crime, the subject examines approaches to crime prevention that have emerged since the 1970s. Opportunity reduction approaches that focus on criminogenic environments and situations, and auxiliary justice, are considered. The main emphasis is on social prevention approaches that focus on young people's social participation and empowerment, and draws on theories, research and interventions that take account of their social, family and community context. Students consider these approaches with reference to issues such as: victimisation of children and young people; antisocial, risk taking and violent behaviour; influence of school and peers; access to, and surveillance of public space; family poverty, neglect and breakdown.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

JST535 is not available to students who have completed JST474

Subject Relationships

JST474 JST535 is a masters level version of JST474

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to compare and contrast common views, research findings and theoretical discourses about the contribution of juveniles to officially recorded crime
  • Be able to identify social, community and family factors that are associated with the incidence of youth crime and explain how they contribute
  • Understand the main strands of crime prevention theory
  • Be able to critically evaluate the relevance of opportunity reduction and social approaches to preventing juvenile crime
  • Be able to research crime prevention policies and programs that aim to address specific factors identified by researchers as contributing to juvenile delinquency
  • Be able to constructively critique crime prevention interventions that target youth crime.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Statistical research findings about the contribution of juveniles to officially recorded crime Theoretical research that demonstrates the contribution of factors associated with the social, community and family experiences of young people to juvenile crime Opportunity reduction and social approaches to crime prevention Crime prevention policies and programs within Australia and overseas that aim to reduce juvenile crime


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.