Spring 2019 - CRIM 442 D100
Restorative Justice Practice: Advanced Topics (3)
Class Number: 7181
Delivery Method: In Person
An in-depth examination of the various community-based and institutional practices in promoting restorative processes, based on an examination and comparison of the values, philosophical approaches and outcomes of selected western and non-western models. Practices examined will include a range of restorative justice initiatives, including victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, multi-party mediation, and various circle remedies. This examination will include the application of restorative justice in the community, in schools and at all levels of the legal process (pre-arrest to post-incarceration and reintegration).
This is a course on praxis: the marriage of theory and practice in the development and implementation of restorative (transformative) justice models. It will include an exploration of the values reflected in justice practices from retributive and restorative perspectives. Topics will include: the needs and experiences of victims, offenders and communities (including the impacts of individual and intergenerational trauma); the role of the state in justice matters; a comparison of the foundational values, laws, philosophical approaches and outcomes of selected western and nonwestern justice models. An exploration of these models will allow us to consider their potential for producing healing justice in the aftermath of crime and wrongdoing, as individuals and members of social groups.
- Paper I – Circle Up: Healing and Reconciliation 25%
- Paper II – Comparative Models (Paper) 25%
- Participation 25%
- Group Project/Presentation 25%
1. Oudshoorn, J. (2015). Trauma-informed youth justice in Canada: A new framework toward a kinder future. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
2. Pranis, K. (2005 ). The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking. Good Books.
3. Macrae, A. & Zehr, H. (2004) The Little Book of Family Group Conferences: New Zealand Style. Good Books.
4. Amstutz, L. (2009). The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Together in Dialogue. Good Books.
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