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.

This course will give you a working knowledge of the concept of participatory democracy in the context of restorative justice practices and of social capital in the context of harm prevention and repairing damaged relationships.

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


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 13 weeks
Tuition: $990–$995
Can be applied to:
Restorative Justice Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

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What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Apply structured and responsive uses of restorative justice philosophy, values and practices in family, group, and community-wide situations
  • Describe best practices in community development that prevent crime, reduce harm, and repair damaged relationships
  • Use various community-friendly evaluation strategies for measuring program and process outcomes
  • Initiate meaningful and sustainable responses to community challenges

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 10 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis
  • Plan to access the course at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Assignments 
  • Participation in online discussions

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. To graduate with the Restorative Justice Certificate, successfully complete all required courses.

Learning Materials

Course fees do not include textbooks. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you’ve registered. We will provide additional course materials online.

Required textbooks:

Ball, J., Caldwell, W., & Pranis, K. Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning. Living Justice Press, 2010. Available for purchase from publisher or Amazon.

Block, P. Community: The Structure of Belonging, 2nd Edition. Berrett-Koehler, 2018. Available for purchase from publisher or Amazon.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.


The Centre for Restorative Justice
School of Criminology
Simon Fraser University