Teaching Crime Prevention and Community Safety

  • Garner ClanceyEmail author


In this chapter, I reflect on 15 years of teaching crime prevention and community safety subjects across six Australian universities. A specific focus of my teaching in this area has been and continues to be the development of a ‘crime prevention sensibility’. This means preparing students for working in crime prevention, community safety and related areas. Consequently, I have favoured practical teaching exercises which require students to engage with the myriad of issues associated with defining a crime problem, contemplating appropriate responses, implementing and evaluating a program or series of programs, and considering the negative unintended consequences of these interventions. Through this engagement, students are confronted with realities of applying theories and concepts to real-world situations. A number of case studies used in my teaching are included in this chapter to provide examples of the methods I adopt to engage and challenge students in this sub-discipline of criminology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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