Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2022

Course unit title Elective Work Field: Assistance for Law Offenders
Course unit code 048502065204
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Beate FOLIE-WOHLGENANNT, Stefan THALER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Law of social work, public health law

Course content

This module introduces the definition and most important theories for the causes of criminality, the particularities of juvenile delinquency and current statistical data. An overview over social organisations within the community-based criminal justice system will be provided. A focus will be placed on the work of probation services, victim-offender mediation and related restorative justice practices, youth criminal justice systems, anger management training and electronic monitoring. The module deals with the particularities of working in a confinement context and elaborates on the importance of relationship building. Additionally, behavioural rules which are applied if individuals react aggressively will be discussed, as well as applied methods of crime management and the possible psychological effects of incarceration. Working with case studies will be central to this module. Consequently, theoretical input will be connected with case studies and examples wherever possible. In this course students acquire important and essential legal basics for social work with delinquent persons. The fundamentals of the Austrian Criminal Law and the Code of Criminal Procedure, in particular the regulations of extrajudicial settlement and the provisions about and the tasks of probation assistance are part thereto.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to define the term "criminality". They are familiar with the most important theories for the causes of criminality. Students are able to interpret statistical data from the field. They have an idea of the development of the criminal charges, convictions and imprisonment figures in Austria, and how they compare to international trends. Students are familiar with the community-based criminal justice system. Students understand relationship building and are able to examine critically what personal challenges can arise from this. Students are able to reflect on the consequences of the confinement context for a working relationship. Students are aware of behavioural rules which are applied if individuals react aggressively. They are familiar with applied methods of crime management, as well as possible psychological effects of incarceration.Students have learnt how to place case studies from the relevant fields into context competently, how intervention can be structured and how to reflect critically on the outcomes of their interventions.Students know the structure of criminal offence and their injustice sequences. They have an overview of the criminal trial law and the goals and tasks of extrajudicial settlement as well as probation assistance. The students know the characteristics of juvenile criminal law.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated training meeting, lecture, discussion and case study

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam (Martin Nagel) oral examination (Beate Folie)

The grade of each part is added in relation to the number of credit hours. In order to pass the class, students must habe a passing grade in both parts.



Recommended or required reading

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Dollinger, Bernd; Schmidt-Semisch, Henning (2011): Handbuch Jugendkriminalität: Kriminologie und Sozialpädagogik im Dialog. 2. Aufl. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden.

Garland, David (2008): Kultur der Kontrolle: Verbrechensbekämpfung und soziale Ordnung in der Gegenwart. 12. Frankfurt am Main: Campus (= Frankfurter Beiträge zur Soziologie).

Lamnek, Siegfried (2017): Theorien abweichenden Verhaltens eine Einführung für Soziologen, Psychologen, Juristen, Journalisten und Sozialarbeiter 2 2. 4. Aufl. Stuttgart: UTB GmbH.

Mücke, Klaus (2009): Probleme sind Lösungen: systemische Beratung und Psychotherapie - ein pragmatischer Ansatz ; Lehr- und Lernbuch. 4. Aufl. Potsdam: Mücke, Ökosysteme-Verl.

Rauchfleisch, Udo (2013): Begleitung und Therapie straffÃÞlliger Menschen. 4. Aufl. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Mayer, Klaus u.a. (2009): Dissozialität, Delinquenz, Kriminalität ein Handbuch für interdisziplinäre Arbeit. Zürich; Basel; Genf: Schulthess.

Weidner, Jens; Korn, Judy; Mücke, Thomas (2009): Gewalt im Griff 1 1. 5. Aufl. Weinheim: Beltz.

Jehn, Otto; Kilb, Rainer; Weidner, Jens (2003): Gewalt im Griff. 3 3. Weinheim, Bergstr: Beltz, Julius, GmbH & Co. KG.

Loderbauer, Brigitte (2016): Recht für Sozialberufe: Menschenrechte, Familienrecht, Arbeitsrecht, Sozialhilferecht, Strafrecht, Kinder- und Jugendhilferecht, Asyl- und Fremdenrecht, Schulden und Recht, Schadenersatzrecht. 4. Aufl. Wien: LexisNexis.

Kienapfel, Diethelm; Höpfel, Frank; Kert, Robert (2016): Grundriss des Strafrechts. 8. Aufl. Wien: Manz.

Maleczky, Oskar (2016): Strafrecht Allgemeiner Teil II inkl. JGG-Novelle 2015 ab 1.1.2016. 19. Aufl. Wien: Facultas.

Bertel, Christian; Venier, Andreas; Manz'sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung (2018): Strafprozessrecht. 11. Aufl. Wien: Manz.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)