VULNERABLE GROUPS IN FORENSIC SETTINGS

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC825504
Module Leader Josie Williams
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

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Syllabus

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1) Critically analyse the complex needs and inequalities experienced by vulnerable clients (such as children and young people, female offenders, mentally disordered offenders and victims/survivors of crime);2) Identify and critically review organisational and systemic issues (such as social, legal and political context) relevant to these groups and the individuals who work with them;3) Identify and define best practice across a range of forensic settings and contexts;4) Critically reflect on legal and ethical boundaries when working with these client groups and how this might impact on professional practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In line with encouraging students to be active learners, and to allow the students the opportunity to apply the material presented within class, this module does not have a delineated division between lectures and practicals. Sessions will frequently incorporate interactive exercises (which are accounted for under seminar and practical time). While each lecture/workshop will focus on a specific topic, students are encouraged to see the links between sessions. Students will be provided with reading that will either develop key points raised within the lecture, or present alternative positions. Students will be expected to critically engage with this material. The use of pre-session reading and tasks will be used, as appropriate, to support student learning and understanding. Sessions may be delivered either through direct face to face contact or virtually depending upon the material and the specific learning outcomes in relation to that session. Students should expect to engage in at least two hours of reading time (or directed learning) for every one hour of contact time. The assignment will require consideration of specific vulnerable client groups and reflection upon best practice. The assignment expectations are consideration of individual, cultural, systemic and personal barriers to implementing this. Students will reflect on potential areas of bias and actions required to counteract these to work effectively with these clients.

Indicative Reading

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Transferrable Skills

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Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 26.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Essay 4,000 words