Mental Disorder and Offending

FBS80005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 12 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an understanding of the complex relationship between different types of mental disorder and offending behaviour. The unit will enhance students’ decision-making about many aspects of forensic work, including risk assessment, treatment, and management of mentally disordered offenders.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss the possible pathways by which mental disorder is linked to offending
2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of how specific types of disorders and their associated symptoms influence different types of offending
3. Apply a taught conceptual framework to link research on mental disorder and offending with the development of appropriate treatment and management plans for mentally disordered offenders.