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SCY2030 - Sociology of Community Corrections

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Not offered in 2007


Community Based Corrections is an integral part of the correctional system with 3 times as many offenders being placed on community orders than those who are sent to prison. This unit will complement the existing unit on the Sociology of Prisons (SCY2181/3181) and give students who wish to specialise in the correctional field a detailed insight into the different forms of corrections in the community and the rationale behind these. Community corrections include probation and parole, diversion, pre-trial release, restitution, community service orders, work and education release, residential and home detention programs.


On successful completion of this subject, students will have gained an understanding of:

  1. The historical development of community corrections.
  2. Probation and parole systems generally and those operating specifically in Victoria.
  3. The various types of community correction orders and those operating specifically in Victoria.
  4. The training and role of the community corrections officer.
  5. Various prison leave programs including family, work and educational leave.
  6. Issues associated with home detention programs.
  7. The capacity to think analytically and to engage in informed debate, both verbal and written, on community corrections issues.


Essay (2000 words): 50%
Oral Tutorial presentation (500 word equivalent): 10%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


SCY1100 and SCY1200 or equivalent