Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Carroll


Designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of mental health in criminal offending this unit provides an overview of the relevant research (drawn from psychological, psychiatric, criminological and sociological studies), key findings and the practical implications of these findings. Different types of mental disorders (psychotic, mood, personality, substance use) associated with offending are considered and explanatory models which incorporate the role of symptoms, cognitions, biological and sociological factors are discussed.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the evidence for an association between mental disorder and criminal offending;
  2. Outline various possible explanations for the association between mental disorder and criminal offending;
  3. Explain the concepts of 'psychopathy', 'antisocial personality disorder', 'sever personality disorder', and their relevance to offending and rehabilitation;
  4. Explain the evidence based principles for effective rehabilitation of offenders;
  5. Describe the role of addictions including substance abuse and pathological gambling as risk factors for offending; and
  6. Outline methods for assessment and treatment of addictions.


Workshop presentation - 10%
Applied Learning Exercise - 30%
Essay - 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Carroll

Off-campus attendance requirements

One Day workshop