Summer 2018 - CRIM 315 D100

Restorative Justice (4)

Class Number: 6759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



The course will contrast restorative justice with the dominant adversarial/retributive/punitive model of justice through a critical analysis of these two paradigms of justice. Several key principles, assumptions, and concepts necessary for understanding the foundation and practice of restorative justice will be introduced and explored. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course requires attendance in both lectures and tutorials. Students are expected to complete the required readings for a given week prior to attending lecture and tutorial. During lecture, topics discussed in the course readings will be presented and elaborated upon by the instructor, and short worksheets will be assigned for students to complete. These worksheets require students to reflect briefly (about 250 words) on the course readings and activities for that week, and are due in lecture one week after they have been assigned. Additionally, students are required to reflect briefly (a short paragraph of about 6-8 sentences), on Canvas, on the experience of completing these worksheets. Tutorials are two hours in length and consist primarily of experiential activities and reflections that challenge students to apply key concepts discussed in the course readings and in lecture; students are expected to attend tutorial every week and engage fully in tutorial activities. There is no midterm or final exam in this course. Students will instead be assessed on their understanding of course material by submitting two (2) critical essays. Essays will be marked on the synthesis and critical analysis of, and reflection on, course readings (books; journal articles); videos; lectures; tutorials; other relevant academic references; and personal anecdotes. Critical and reflective academic writing is expected, with appropriate citations and referencing. Students will also be required to complete a short assignment during lecture at the end of this course. This assignment is NOT a final exam but a reflective exercise on key learnings from the course.


  • Critical Essay #1 20%
  • Critical Essay #2 30%
  • Participation (Tutorial, Worksheet, and Canvas Reflection) 40%
  • Final Assignment (In-Class Quiz) 10%



1. Elliott, E. M. (2011). Security With Care: Restorative Justice and Healthy Communities. Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing.

2. Lederach, J. P. (2003). The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

3. Zehr, H. (2015). The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Revised and Updated. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
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Registrar Notes:

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