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.
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.
|Unit name||Working With Offenders|
|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||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Winter school||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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|
- 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
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
|Assessment||(30%)|Class Participation (20%)|Critical reflection (10%)|Case Study Analysis (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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