NS7207: Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Intervention

NS7207: Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Intervention

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Offenders: Causes, Assessment and Intervention
Module Code NS7207
Module Tutor Camilla Giambonini
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description
Indicative Syllabus
  • Problems associated with definitions and measurement of crime; the impact of variations in crime figures on the development of theories of criminal behaviour.
  • Explanations of criminal behaviour: Biological, Criminological, and Psychological perspectives
  • Explanations of criminality in specific offender groups (e.g., juveniles, females)
  • Explanations of specific types of offending (e.g., terrorism, child abuse, sex offending)
  • Purpose and contextual factors in assessment and intervention
  • Functional analysis and case formulation
  • Risk and needs assessment
  • Actuarial tools used to assess offenders
  • Structured clinical judgement of risk/treatment needs
  • Assessing competence (e.g., mentally disordered offender)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of interventions
  • Cognitive-behavioural interventions for offending behaviour
  • Obstacles to treatment and treatment 'readiness', drop-out and non-completion
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks for explaining criminal behaviour and specific types of offending, including perspectives from different disciplinary and professional positions.
  2. Apply psychological theoretical explanations of offending behaviour to crime types and critique the research methodologies.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the critique of debates regarding the treatment and punishment of criminal offending behaviour.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced and systematic understanding of psychological theory and research applicable to the assessment and treatment process.
  5. Critically analyse the contributions made by psychological techniques to the processes of assessment and treatment.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of assessing risk and need (including psychometrics, structured clinical judgment), including instruments applied with vulnerable/special populations.

7. Propose recommendations and formulate judgements on treatment and assessment of risk and need, identifying potential obstacles to the assessment and intervention process and propose ways to overcome these barriers.

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled Contact Hours: 48 Independent Learning Hours: 252

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 4000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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