Courses & Units

Working With Offenders HGA332


This unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 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. Engaging presentations from experienced guest speakers who are senior practitioners in the field are one of the popular features of this unit.


Unit name Working With Offenders
Unit code HGA332
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Vicky Nagy
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Winter school On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Online Winter school Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 3/6/2024 11/6/2024 24/6/2024 14/7/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Critically 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
099903 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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AssessmentCase Study Analysis (20%)|Critical Reflection (20%)|Class participation (25%)|Presentation and Summary (35%)
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