Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 30 Hours. 2 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 2 hour lecture per week.
Seminars / Tutorials 6hrs. 3 x 2 hour seminars.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of and critically consider the difference between treatment and rehabilitation;

2. Demonstration an appreciation of and analyse the reasons for the limitations of treatment and rehabilitation;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of and critically consider the theoretical foundations of the subject;

4. Critically evaluate the different methods of treatment and rehabilitation (e.g. CBT) and different types of offender (violent, sexual etc.);

5. Demonstrate an awareness of and consider the reasons for the ethical limitations of treatment;

6. Critically analyse and evaluate the literature on treatment and rehabilitation of offenders and on types of offender.


1. History of Treatment and Rehabilitation - from `Nothing Works' to `What Works';

2. The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Violent Offenders;

3. The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders;

4. The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Young Offenders;

5. The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders with Mental Health Issues;

6. The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders with Substance Misuse Issues;

7. Practical Issues of and Barriers to Resettlement;

8. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT);

9. The Future of Treatment and Rehabilitation and National Offender Manager Service (NOMS).

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce students to the psychological and criminological methods used to alter behaviour, often used as part of a rehabilitative package ordered by the courts. The purpose is to introduce students to these methodologies as well as considering the practical, political, criminological and ethical issues surrounding such interventions.

The module will provide a review of the current practices involved in the treatment and/or rehabilitation of offenders from a range of offence categories and institutions. Students will also engage with the theoretical and ethical principles that surround these practices. Overall students will gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities that surround the treatment and/or rehabilitation of offenders from a range of institutions and organisations.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Outcome measures of rehabilitative efforts are usually expressed in terms of percentages of success/failure and other numerical indices. Students will be introduced to basic skills in order to appreciate the significance of these values.
Communication Oral communication will be encouraged and developed during interactive seminar discussions on various key aspects of the module. Written skills will be developed through the examination.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar discussion and feedback on work will allow students to reflect on their own learning. Written communication assessed only.
Information Technology Searches of on-line electronic databases and journals will provide practice in IT skills.
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation for seminars and the examination will develop time management skills; collation of sources for assessment will nurture research skills; appreciation of complex theoretical issues will develop critical thinking skills. A working knowledge of the various institutions and techniques will provide those wishing to enter similar fields with a broad understanding of current practice
Problem solving Consideration of the wide range of issues raised in relation to Offender treatment and rehabilitation will develop and enhance students' critical problem solving skills.
Research skills Research skills will be developed by accessing literature on the nature of treatment and rehabilitation.
Subject Specific Skills This module provides students with the opportunity to identify, analyse, evaluate and practice a series of skills with respect to the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
Team work Small group work within seminars will foster team working.


This module is at CQFW Level 6