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FBS9004 - Developmental aspects of forensic behavioural science

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Teresa Flower


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit has been designed to create a developmental context for understanding a range of issues which characterize at risk behaviour in youth. Students will gain a broader understanding of these behaviours, as seen from a range of perspectives: legal, epidemiological, psychological, sociological and psychiatric. The unit will be of interest to those currently working with at risk youth as well as providing insights into the aetiology of a range of maladaptive behaviours in adult life.


Upon completion of this unit the student will:

  1. Discuss the interface between children and the legal system;
  2. Outline the basic principles of assessment and management of risk in childhood and adolescence;
  3. Describe critically the evidence relating to long term consequence of adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence;
  4. Outline a developmentally appropriate decision making process.


Short answer questions 15%
Workshop presentation 10%
Workshop report 25%
Essay (2500-3000) wds 50%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

One-day workshop on campus.