Summer 2019 - CRIM 315 D100

Restorative Justice (4)

Class Number: 5271

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2019: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • 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:

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ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Accessible Learning, (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. Ø  -Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the assignment drop box in front of the General Office of the School of Criminology (SWH 10125).  The assignment drop box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only, with the contents date stamped accordingly.  No other department’s date stamp will be accepted (e.g. Library/Campus Security).  For the Surrey Campus, assignments must be hand delivered to the General Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, located at SUR 5180, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30p.m., or placed in the assignment drop box located at the southwest corner of Galleria 5.  The Surrey assignment drop box is emptied Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with the contents date stamped accordingly.  The School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted in any other manner (e.g., slid under office doors).  The University does NOT accept assignments by fax or email.
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-The University has formal policies regarding academic dishonesty and grade appeals.  Students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy S 10.01, the Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct, available on the University’s website.  Information about grade appeals may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology. UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.