Substance Misuse and Offending

FBS80007 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of theory and practice in relation to substance abuse and its apparent relationship with offending behaviour. The unit will equip students with knowledge regarding current evidence-based approaches for assessing and treating offenders who have significant substance misuse issues.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the theoretical explanations for the relationship between substance misuse and offending
2. Discuss the challenges associated with substance misuse assessment and treatment in the forensic context
3. Interpret the role of substance misuse in specific forensic populations
4. Appraise drug diversion schemes and their operational effectiveness

Courses with unit

GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science
GC-FBS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science
GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing
GC-SFARM Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management