Understanding Imprisonment

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Gain an insight into the origins and development of corrective services in Australia with the Understanding Imprisonment unit from Griffith University. Delivered online through Open Universities Australia, the unit covers the historical, philosophical, political and organisational factors that have shaped corrective services and correctional policies.

You will study the demographics of people in corrections, looking specifically at men, women, juveniles and Indigenous offenders and their prison experiences. Privatisation and correctional staff will also be covered, allowing you to form an understanding of the goals of the correctional system.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a basic understanding of first year criminology units before enrolling in this unit.

Areas of study

In this criminology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • The history of corrections
  • Correctional goals and models
  • Custodial corrections: The prison system
  • Custodial corrections: The prison experience
  • Correctional staff
  • Community corrections
  • Juvenile corrections
  • Privatisation
  • Indigenous people and corrections
  • Women in corrections
  • Review

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Understanding correctional policies and administrative structures will help you deconstruct the goals of the correctional system and its many obstacles. This unit will expand upon your previous criminology education and build your knowledge of corrective services in Australia.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Understanding Imprisonment from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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