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HPS944 - Children and the Law

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Martine Powell





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour class per week


This unit provides specialist training in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents within a forensic setting. The unit has both practical and academic components. First, students will examine the degree to which basic research and theories from several areas of psychology (including developmental, cognitive, social and clinical) can be used to solve applied issues involving children and the law. The second component provides practical groundwork for learning specialised forms of intervention that may be used with child victims, young offenders and their families. The unit will address current child protection issues, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse (both inside and outside the family environment), as well as behavioural, social and pathological factors in offending behaviour amongst children and adolescents.


Assessment task 1: Written Assignment (3000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Hurdle requirement: Mock interview exercise (pass required)

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