Spring 2019 - CRIM 441 D100

Preventing Crime and Antisocial Behaviour: Designing & Evaluating Programs (3)

Class Number: 7180

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10218, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 and CRIM 220.



An applied course in which students will learn to design and evaluate evidence-based programs targeting the prevention or reduction of specific criminal and antisocial behaviours. Examples of programs include those targeting: gangs; drug use; bullying; aggression; school drop-out; child sexual abuse; domestic violence; online piracy, and gambling addiction. Students who took CRIM 417 Current Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice Preventing Crime & Antisocial Behaviour in Fall 2013 may not take this course for further credit.


As students of Criminology we often study why crime occurs or processes to deal with offenders. This applied course looks at criminality and antisocial behaviour from a different perspective: What can we do to reduce this behaviour or prevent it from happening in the first place? How can we be confident that our strategies are effective? Students in this course will learn how to create evidence-based programs targeting specific criminal and antisocial behaviours, and how to carefully design evaluations to determine program outcomes. Examples of programs include those targeting the prevention of: gangs, drug use, bullying, aggression, school drop-out, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, driving under the influence, teen pregnancy, online piracy, and gambling addiction.


  • Class participation 10%
  • In-class quizzes & take-home assignments 25%
  • Paper #1: Program design 25%
  • Paper #2: Program evaluation 25%
  • Presentation 15%



1. Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H. E. (2004). Evaluation – A Systematic Approach, 7th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

2. Articles posted on the course’s Canvas page

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html