Rehabilitating Offenders - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines strategies for changing criminal behaviour available within the correctional system, drawing particularly on psychological principles and research. The implications of the various theories of crime causation for correctional programming are considered. A review of specific rehabilitation programs, in institution and community settings, is presented. A critical assessment of the rehabilitation ideal, in terms of ethical, theoretical and practical concerns, is undertaken.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and evaluate current approaches to offender risk management
  2. explain the principles of effective offender rehabilitation
  3. describe evidence-based interventions for adolescent and adult offenders
  4. identify the strengths and limitations of individual-level interventions with adolescent and adult offenders
  5. utilise electronic literature databases to locate research reports on specific topics
  6. evaluate empirical studies on the effectiveness of psychological interventions with adolescent and adult offenders.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit. You should complete a number of other first and/or second year units.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and unit overview
2Principles of offender assessment and treatment
3Serious and violent youth offenders
4Multisystemic treatment for serious youth offenders
5Assessment and treatment with youth sexual offenders
6Vocational and educational training
7Cognitive skills training
8Treatment for substance dependent offenders
9Adult violent offenders
10Treatment with adult violent offenders
11Adult sexual offenders
12Assessment and treatment with adult sexual offenders
13Unit Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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