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.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

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.

Students who successfully complete this unit 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.

Courses with unit

Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management