Introduction to Forensic Disability

Subject 360-878 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview: This subject examines the theoretical and practical mechanisms underlying the assessment and treatment of disabled offender populations. As such it will provide students with an understanding of, and experience in, the major skills and techniques used in the assessment of forensic disability clients. In addition students will be provided with clinically-oriented training in methods of management and rehabilitation, including the theoretical rationale underpinning these as well as techniques and outcomes of their practical application. Specific attention will be given to notable offender groups within the forensic disability field including sexual offenders, non-sexual violent offenders, arson and property offenders, and disabled offenders with substance abuse issues.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will: i. Explain and analyse the postulated link between intellectual disability and offending behaviour in the conext of historical, socio-cultural, biological, phychological, methodological and profession issues ii. Provide an awareness of specific legal issues facing offenders with an intellectual disability at each stage of their progression through the criminal justice system iii. Describe the principles of clinical assessment for this group and outline some specific techniques of assessment iv. Explain the principles of clinical interventions and methods of evaluating such interventions v. Provide an appreciation of the legal, philosophical and policy contexts in which much clinical decision-making takes place
Assessment: Assessment a. Individual written assessment: 3,000 words (75%) b. Oral presentation: 20-25 minutes plus 5 - 10 minutes Q&A time; completed in pairs (20%) c. Individual commentary (5%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)

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