Criminal Justice-coas | Crime Prevention Theory and Practice
P493 | 1427 | Verma


How do burglars choose their targets?  Why do corner plots get hit more often and why is graffiti
seen on some walls and not on others?  This course will attempt to answer some of these and
similar questions by analyzing criminal behavior and victimization from the theoretical
perspective of Environmental Criminology and understand how situational techniques can be
applied for their prevention.  By drawing from a variety of sources (e.g. architecture, ecology,
sociology, geography, anthropology, psychology, urban planning and criminology) the course
will explore the macro and micro level environments that affect crime and victimization.  In
particular, this course will examine criminal events in the context of people's movements
through normal settings in their everyday life.  By analyzing land use patterns, residential layouts,
street networks, transportation systems and routine activities of the place, the course will seek
ways in which situational methods may then be applied for preventing criminal behavior in these
physical and social settings.
The objectives of the course are to acquaint the student with the theoretical basis of crime
prevention techniques and to give a Šhand on' experience by analyzing everyday life situations
and devising preventive methods.  The course also aims to introduce the students to urban
planning and its importance to criminology and work on actual projects with local police and
municipal departments.
Readings: "Environmental Criminology"
"Crime and Everyday Life: Insights and Implications for Society"
Requirements:  The course will be organized around a weekly seminar format that will
seek to raise points for discussion, provide intellectual stimulation and exchange in a dynamic
interactive mode.  The policy of open debate and student participation in classroom discussions
will be followed.  The course will also include Šlab work' on Urban Planning and Situational
Crime Prevention Techniques that will include working on a project in assistance with local area
authorities.
Class Participation      10%
Project Work             40%
Mid term Exam       20%
Final Exam               30%
Students will be required to form a team, plan, undertake and present to the class a
project related to urban design and situational crime prevention techniques.  There will be a mid-term and final examination that will assess the student's understanding of theory and practice of
crime prevention methods.
Class Meeting: One 150-minute seminar each week (T, 5:45-8:15P, SY 200)
Above Section Meets with CJUS P680
Instructor:    Professor Arvind Verma, Criminal Justice Department