AP2822: Sexual Offenders

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology, and invited guest lecturers where appropriate.
Module Objective: To provide students with an understanding and practical awareness of issues relating to the treatment and management of sexual offenders.
Module Content: This module will provide an overview of the aetiology, assessment and treatment of sexually motivated offenders. Topics will include:
Theories of sexual offending;
Child Sex Abuse and Paedophilia;
Rape and Sexual Assault;
Sex Offender Treatment Programmes;
Female sex offenders;
Adolescent sex offenders;
The role of the internet;
Victims of sexual abuse;
Assessment and treatment of sex offenders.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define the term sexual deviance and discuss the issues that can arise in differentiating between normal and abnormal sexual behaviour;
  • Indicate the differences between child abusers and paedophiles;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the legal system operates in relation to rape crimes;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of at least two sex offender treatment programmes;
  • Discuss whether or not female sex abusers should be treated the same as their male counterparts;
  • Integrate current research and thinking on the issue of young people who sexually abuse;
  • Evaluate the role that the internet can play in supporting sexual offending;
  • Discuss life after sexual violence;
  • Develop critical academic writing skills through the essay assignment.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word assignment excluding references).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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