Courses & Units

Working With Offenders HGA232

Note:

This unit is designed for students enrolled in the Criminology major and for new employees of Department of Justice.

HGA232/332 may have a quota.  Permission to enrol above the quota will require Unit Coordinator approval.

Please note the actual intensive mode teaching dates.

Introduction

This unit is designed to introduce students to the issues and processes associated with working with offenders, particularly those under the authority of corrective services in prison and community corrections. The unit explores issues pertaining directly to 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.

Topics to be covered include duty of care, 'special populations' of offenders and difficult work situations, safety and security, working with involuntary clients, multi-agency collaboration in justice and health, models of offender management, prison culture, assessment tools and risk management, offender narratives, mental illness and drug use, restorative justice, victim interests, and professional writing in criminal justice. International examples of innovation in offender rehabilitation are showcased from key jurisdictions such as England and Wales, Scotland, Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The unit 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.

Summary

Unit name Working With Offenders
Unit code HGA232
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator

TBA

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

Note

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* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education
1 099903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGA332

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On-campus intensive: 
Dates: Wednesday 11th January – Tuesday 17th January (five teaching days, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 - 4 pm, and access to online resources).

Off-campus online intensive:
Dates: Monday 9th January – Saturday 28th January (inclusive)  (3 weeks of online study and participation, online tutorials, lecture recordings and online resources).

Assessment

Class or discussion board participation (10%)

500 word in class or on line critical reflective exercise (5%)

1500 word short essay (40%)

2500 word essay (45%)

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Textbooks

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