Criminal Justice (CRJS) 493

Risk Assessment and Threat Management (Revision 2)

CRJS 493

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None

Precluded course: CRJS 493 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 493

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CRJS 493: Risk Assessment and Threat Management is an undergraduate course designed as a primer for students who work or intend to work in fields such as law enforcement, institutional or community corrections, and public or private security. Lawyers, educators, health-care professionals, and conflict resolution specialists may also find CRJS 493 helpful in their work.

CRJS 493 is organized into two parts. The first part includes a general overview of risk assessment, as well as a brief overview of theories of violence. The remainder of part one is devoted to risk assessment issues focused on various offender groups. For example, Units 6 and 7 discuss issues related to the assessment of risk for sexual violence and intimate partner violence, respectively. The first half of the course closes with a unit devoted to risk management and intervention. The second half of the course focuses entirely on the process of threat assessment and management. Although conceptually similar to risk assessment, threat assessment and management includes many distinct features. During this part of the course, students will be exposed to state-of-the-art threat assessment and management procedures, as well as the scientific literature on such topics as stalking and school violence.


CRJS 493: Risk Assessment and Threat Management is divided into two parts and sixteen weekly units:


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Risk Assessment and Management; The Nature and Prevalence of Violence
  • Unit 2: Theories of Violence
  • Unit 3: Approaches to Violence Risk Assessment
  • Unit 4: Substance Abuse, Mental Disorders, and Risk for Violence
  • Unit 5: Assessment of Risk for General Violence
  • Unit 6: Assessment of Risk for Sexual Violence
  • Unit 7: Assessment of Risk for Violence Against Intimate Partners
  • Unit 8: Risk Management and Intervention


  • Unit 9: Introduction to Contemporary Threat Management
  • Unit 10: The Path to Intended Violence
  • Unit 11: Identifying Individuals of Violent Intent
  • Unit 12: Assessing Individuals of Violent Intent
  • Unit 13: Stalking
  • Unit 14: School Violence
  • Unit 15: Workplace and Institutional Violence
  • Unit 16: Threat Management


Your final grade in Criminal Justice 493: Risk Assessment and Threat Management will be based on the grades you achieve on two written assignments and the final exam. Please note that the passing grade for the final exam is 50%. Also note that the final exam will be based on all course materials, including the commentaries in the Study Guide. To receive credit for CRJS 493, students must a) complete all assignments, b) obtain a grade of 50% or better on the final exam, and c) have an overall course grade of at least D (50 per cent).

Assignment for Credit Weighting Assignment Due
Assignment 1 30% of final grade Due by the end of Week 8 of Suggested Study Schedule.
Assignment 2 30% of final grade Due by the end of Week 14 of Suggested Study Schedule.
Final Exam 40% of final grade Following completion of entire Study Guide and course assignments. During Week 18 of Suggested Study Schedule.
Total 100%  

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Most course materials for CRJS 493 are available online through your Moodle course site.


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Webster, C. D., Haque, Q., & Hucker, S. J. (2014). Violence risk assessment and management. (2nd ed.) West Sussex, England: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


Meloy J. R. (2000). Violence risk and threat assessment: A practical guide for mental health and criminal justice professionals. San Diego: Specialized Training Services Press.

Calhoun, F. S., & Weston, S. W. (2003). Contemporary threat management: A practical guide for identifying, assessing and managing individuals of violent intent. San Diego: Specialized Training Services Press.


Additional journal articles are also assigned as readings in many of the units and are available in the Digital Reading Room (DRR). You will be directed to the appropriate readings throughout the course.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, Oct 25, 2019.