Courses & Units

Working With Offenders HGA532

Hobart

Note:

This unit is designed for students enrolled in the Criminology Professional Honours program and for new employees of Department of Justice who have previous tertiary qualifications.

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 HGA532
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Victoria (Vicky) Nagy
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate

Availability

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

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 30/5/2022 7/6/2022 20/7/2022 10/7/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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 in complex criminal justice contexts.
  • 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 and efforts to reduce offending.
  • Communicate your ideas clearly in written and verbal form.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
099903 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,108.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching

AssessmentReport (45%)|Attendance (10%)|Reflection (5%)|Case Study (40%)
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Textbooks

Required

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