Fall 2023 - CRIM 460 B100

Applied Crime Prevention (3)

Class Number: 6005

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 14, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Sep 28, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 12, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 26, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Nov 23, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Nov 9, 2023: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2023
    Mon, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101.



Introduces the modern techniques of crime prevention. Emphasis will be on: opportunity and environmental criminology theories; situational crime prevention and problem-oriented policing; the concepts of ‘defensible space’, ‘eyes on the street’, and place management; reducing the opportunities for crime; evaluating crime prevention programs and offender adaptations to interventions. Students with credit for CRIM 450 may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines the fundamental theories, research, and policy in crime prevention. The course begins by reviewing neighborhood-level explanations of crime. Next, the course focuses on micro-level explanations for why very few places have crime, but most places have none. Here the course explores environmental criminology and opportunity theories, including the rational choice perspective, routine activities approach, and crime pattern/offender search theory. Students will then learn about crime prevention strategies—such as defensible space, situational crime prevention, and problem-oriented policing—derived from these theoretical approaches.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental criminology theories and how they explain and reduce crime problems.
  • Understand how situational, problem-oriented, and place-based techniques are used to reduce crime opportunities.
  • Assess the evaluations of crime prevention interventions aimed at reducing crime opportunities.
  • Describe the explanations for crime concentration at places and its stability over time.
  • Explain the differences between proprietary, proximate, and pooled places and their importance in designing effective crime prevention interventions.


  • Academic Integrity & Plagiarism Tutorials/Quizzes P/F%
  • Tutorial Component (Includes Participation & Presentation 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Final Exam 30%


P/F = Pass/Fail

This is a blended course. Two hours, or equivalent, of lecture delivered weekly, alternating between asynchronous online and in-person each on a bi-weekly schedule. In-person lectures occur on even weeks, starting September 14, 2023. Tutorials are held in-person every week (they do not alternate). Note: The scheduling of in-person lectures for this course alternates weeks with Criminology 320: Quantitative Research Methods meaning students can be enrolled in this course and CRIM 320 at the same time.



There is no textbook for this course. Readings and materials will be available through the Canvas course page or library website.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Center for Accessible Learning, (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 (SWH 10156), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security).  For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5.  The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly.  The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors).  The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
  • 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 they will receive a grade of N. 
  • 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.


Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.