Community, Welfare and Justice

10 Units

This course explores issues community, welfare and justice. The course will examine the methods and principles of community participation and engagement, capacity-building, community needs assessment, and resilience. Students will explore the impact of poverty, inequity and the experience of vulnerable populations on crime and the justice system. The course will also include issues related to child protection policy, research, theory and practice from a psychological perspective. Students will examine contemporary and significant areas of practice including definitions, prevalence, causes and consequences of child protection, contemporary child protection practice and policies and perspectives on assessment and observation in the child protection sector. Students will consider some of the current issues faced by the criminal justice system when working with both perpetrators and victims of crime and explore the role of the psychologist in this context.

Faculty Faculty of Science
School School of Psychology

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess social policy impacts on community participation and engagement.
  2. Discuss how poverty and inequality impact on social cohesion and crime.
  3. Identify the role of resilience in disadvantaged communities.
  4. Reflect upon the social and psychological causes of crime.
  5. Identify mental health issues within the criminal justice system.
  6. Reflect upon how social, cultural and policy issues impact upon indigenous communities and individuals.
  7. Identify the role of the psychologist within the social justice system with particular emphasis on perpetrator rehabilitation and victim support.
  8. Examine contemporary and significant areas of policy, research, theory and practice in the context of child protection.
  • Community participation and engagement.
  • Social policy.
  • Poverty inequality and resilience.
  • Child protection.
  • Social and psychological causes of crime.
  • Mental health and the criminal justice system.
  • Indigenous issues.
  • Working with perpetrators of crime.
  • Working with victims of crime.
Assumed Knowledge It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.
Assessment Items
  • Report: A Case Study (Problem Based Learning) *
  • Performance: Verbal Presentation (Child Protection) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Performance: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PSYC6404
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