Human Services (HSRV) 491

Offender Rehabilitation (Revision 1)

HSRV 491

Permanently closed, effective April 27, 2016.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None.

Precluded Course: CRJS 491. HSRV 491 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with CRJS 491. (HSRV 491 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for CRJS 491).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HSRV 491 is not available for challenge.


HSRV 491: Offender Rehabilitation will focus on current issues in offender rehabilitation from both a Canadian and international perspective. You will have the opportunity to examine the theoretical literature about offender rehabilitation and the practical application of that literature as we explore “what works ”. Rehabilitation will be considered across a variety of areas that contribute to offender recidivism including interventions for people who have drug addictions and those who perpetrate property offences, sexual crimes and domestic violence. This course will also consider offender rehabilitation with men and women of different ages and ethnic/cultural background and relevant professional ethics issues.


Human Services 491: Offender Rehabilitation comprises the following ten units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 2: Major Models of Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 3: What Works in Terms of Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 4: Community-based Approaches to Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 5: Correctional Programming-based Approaches to Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 6: Offender Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse
  • Unit 7: Therapeutic Approaches to Offender Rehabilitation
  • Unit 8: Application of Offender Rehabilitation Theory with Special Populations
  • Unit 9: Offender Rehabilitation and Professional Ethics
  • Unit 10: Final Words on Offender Rehabilitation


Your final grade in Human Services 491: Offender Rehabilitation will be based on the grades you achieve on the course assignments for credit.

To receive credit for the course, you must complete each assignment satisfactorily and achieve an overall course grade of at least “D” 50 percent. The following chart summarizes the assignments for credit, their weighting toward your final grade, and the date at which they are due according to the study schedule provided in this course.

Assignment for Credit Weighting Assignment Due
Assignment 1: Discussion Forum Postings 20% of final grade You must make one significant posting per unit to your choice of one study question for that unit. Assignment 1 is graded on a pass/fail basis. You must post on nine of ten units to receive a pass. Your posting is due each week that you complete a unit, with the whole of Assignment 1 completed when you have completed all units and all postings.
Assignment 2: Offender Rehabilitation Response 40% of final grade Assignment 2 is to be submitted after you have completed Unit 3; Week 4 of the suggested study schedule.
Assignment 3: Online Moderating and Posting 10% of final grade Online moderation posting is due after Unit 5. You must also participate in at least one forum hosted by a peer. Assignment 3 is due by Week 16 of the suggested study schedule.
Assignment 4: Research Paper 30% of final grade Assignment 4 is to be submitted after you have completed Unit 10; Week 15 of the suggested study schedule.
Total 100%  

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials for Human Services 491: Offender Rehabilitation are mostly found on the course website.

Media Materials

Saturday Night Live. (2007). Best of Steve Martin. [DVD recording].

Wilson, S. (Prod.). (2002). To kill or to cure [DVD recording]. Parts 1 and 2 in a 2-part series. Galafilm Productions (VIII) Inc., in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


There is no text book for this course

Reading File

Additional required readings for this course are contained in a print Reading File or the DRR, Digital Reading Room. You will be directed to these readings at the appropriate points in the course.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, March 7, 2012