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Working with Offenders
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- 23 Oct 2023
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the key characteristics of the offender population, including values and attitudes, and the implications of working with offenders;
- identify concepts, apply knowledge, and practise skills for effectively working and communicating with a diverse group of offenders;
- independently evaluate the current theories underpinning correctional practice and link these to working with offenders within the correctional system, while demonstrating the ability to communicate this effectively to others; and
- explore and evaluate ethical practice considering the conditions and situation of those working within corrections as well as the condition and situation of offenders.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
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Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
Candidature in Bachelor of Criminology. To enrol in this subject you will need to pass the Prerequisite/s. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not pass the prerequisite subject/s.
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
In this subject you will explore some of the practical issues and processes associated with working with offenders in different settings and for different purposes, such as prisons and community corrections. The subject material draws upon knowledge from social work, psychology and criminology to provide theoretically informed discussion of principles and practices using concrete examples. You will learn how best to work with a wide variety of offender groups, why and how people stop offending (desistance) and how practitioners can support processes of positive change and community reintegration. You will cover offender rehabilitation, recidivism, case management, duty of care, working with difficult clients and work situations, addressing complex needs, multi-agency collaboration, models of offender management, prison culture, assessment tools and risk management, offender narratives and restorative justice.
Assessment 1 Structured Participation: 1000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 2 Assignment: 1000-1500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 3 Take Home Exam: Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4
- Structured Participation (10%)
- Take Home Exam - 2 hrs 15 mins (45%)
- Assignment (45%)
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