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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction & course overview
    • History/Philosophies of Offender Management, Intervention, and Treatment
    • Risk Assessment; Evaluation; Systems issues; Engagement with difficult clients
    • Sexual Offences; Violent Offences; Substance Abuse;
    • Women, Trans, Youth, Elderly, Physical Disability, Different Language, Different Culture
    • Indigenous Offenders
    • Offenders with Mental Disorders
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. describe and evaluate current approaches to offender risk and needs assessment
  2. explain the principles of effective offender rehabilitation
  3. describe evidence-based interventions for youth and adult offenders
  4. identify the strengths and limitations of individual-level interventions with youth and adult offenders
  5. utilise electronic literature databases to locate research reports on specific topics concerning offender rehabilitation
  6. evaluate empirical studies on the effectiveness of psychological interventions with youth and adult offenders.
  • Assignment 1 - Major Essay (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Risk Assessment (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Quiz (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-MCCJ7030

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject offering.

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