Working with Offenders
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- 29 May 2023
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain the socio-economic and individual factors that contribute to criminal offending, and analyse the potential costs and harms associated with offending.
- Apply major criminological offender rehabilitation models, approaches and concepts to practical examples.
- Evaluate the work contexts and institutional dynamics of the courts, community corrections, prisons and community sector organisations, and how these may shape offender-worker relationships.
- Communicate your ideas clearly in written and verbal form.
- Refer to Mylo for study topics
Conditional requisite: 25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
No additional requirements
This subject is designed to introduce students to the issues and processes associated with working with offenders, particularly those in prisons or under the supervision of community corrections. The subject explores issues pertaining directly to how best to work with a wide variety of people with offending histories. Topics to be covered include duty of care, 'special populations' of prisoners, risk management and difficult situations, safety and security, working with involuntary clients, inter-agency collaboration, prison culture, assessment tools, mental illness and drug use, restorative justice, victim interests, children and families of prisoners, worker self-care and professional report writing. The subject also examines how and why people stop offending and change (desistance from crime). International examples of innovation are showcased from key jurisdictions such as England and Wales, Scotland, Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
The subject is intended to be relevant and familiar for those already working in the field, in prison and in the community, as well as to introduce contemporary principles and practices to those wishing to do so in the future. Engaging presentations from experienced guest speakers who are senior practitioners in the field are one of the popular features of this subject.
- Presentation and Summary (35%)
- Critical Reflection (10%)
- Short Answer Assignment (35%)
- Class Participation (20%)
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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Justice Studies