Community Development Through Restorative Justice

Conflict is an opportunity to see what needs our attention in the community. You will explore the relevance and use of restorative practices in community development and examine social development as a crime prevention tool. You will also learn how gathering data about conflicts can help identify broader community deficits and create lasting change.

Suggested prerequisite: Introduction to Restorative Justice: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy | CRJ315

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Course seats are reserved for students in the Restorative Justice Certificate until approximately two weeks before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Martha A. Brown $930.00 0 Join Waitlist

This online course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not the actual online class times.

What will I learn?

This course will give you a working knowledge of the following:

  • The concept of participatory democracy in the context of restorative justice practices
  • The concept of social capital in the context of harm prevention

After completing the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Apply structured and responsive uses of restorative justice in family, group, and community-wide situations
  • Describe best practices in crime prevention through social development
  • Use various community-friendly evaluation strategies for measuring program and process outcomes
  • Initiate meaningful and sustainable responses to community deficits

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all three required courses to receive a full program certificate.

Textbooks and learning materials

Course fees do not include the cost of textbooks and other supplemental materials that you may purchase from the SFU Bookstore.

Required textbooks 
Block, P. (2008). Community: The structure of belonging. San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler.

Bopp, M., & Bopp, J. (2006). Recreating the world: A practical guide to building sustainable communities (2nd ed.). Calgary, Alta.: Four Worlds Press.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

English language requirements

To succeed in our programs and courses, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.


The Centre for Restorative Justice
School of Criminology
Simon Fraser University

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