Courses & Units

Working With Offenders HGA332

Hobart

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 HGA332
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator

Dr Victoria Nagy

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

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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).

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 099903

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

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

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:

HGA232

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On-campus (Hobart) 2-hour lecture weekly, weekly 1-hour workshop
Off campus: 2- hour lecture weekly (recorded), weekly 1-hour online workshop

Assessment

Class or discussion board participation (10%)

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

1500 word short essay (40%)

3000 word essay (45%)

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Textbooks

Required

White, R & Graham, H. 2013. Working with Offenders: A guide to concepts and practices, Willan Publishing. https://www.coop.com.au/working-with-offenders/9781843927938

Recommended

Co-op Bookshop links

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