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):

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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Dave Farthing
Angie Osachoff
$990.00 0 Join Waitlist
Online - - $990.00 9 Register

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

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 and repairing damaged relationships  

After completing the course, you should 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 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

You are responsible for purchasing the required course texts and we recommend you obtain them as soon as you’ve registered. 

Required textbooks 

Ball, J., Caldwell, W., & Pranis, K. (2010). Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press.

Block, P. (2008). Community: The Structure of Belonging. San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler.

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.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

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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