CRIM305 Working with Offenders

Updated: 26 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites any 6cp and (CRIM100 or CRIM101 or CRIM104 or SOCY104); or 24cp
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) To be advised
Unit Description

This unit will introduce students to the practical issues and processes associated with working with offenders in different settings and for different purposes, such as prisons and community corrections. The subject draws upon knowledge from social work, psychology and criminology to provide theoretically informed discussion of principles and practices using concrete examples. Students will learn 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 offender rehabilitation, recidivism, case management, duty of care, working with difficult clients and work situations, addressing complex needs, multi-agency collaboration, models of offender management, prison culture, assessment tools and risk management, offender narratives and restorative justice.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the key characteristics of the offender population, including values and attitudes, and the implications of working with offenders;
  2. identify concepts, apply knowledge, and practise skills for effectively working and communicating with a diverse group of offenders;
  3. independently evaluate the current theories underpinning correctional practice and link these to working with offenders within the correctional system, while demonstrating the ability to communicate this effectively to others; and
  4. explore and evaluate ethical practice considering the conditions and situation of those working within corrections as well as the condition and situation of offenders.