Introduction to Restorative Justice: Concepts, Theory and Philosophy
This course is an introduction to the restorative/transformative justice paradigm. It begins with an overview of modern criminal justice systems, with a focus on the centrality of punishment as a mechanism of social control. The idea of “justice” is deconstructed through a comparison of state-based and community-based concepts. Concepts such as crime and punishment are juxtaposed to concepts of harms and healing, with particular attention paid to the importance of values and relationships in restorative justice practices. The psychology of harm will be examined and restorative practices discussed as a means of dialogue and consensus building. The needs of those who harm and have been harmed are considered in the context of community capacity and social justice.
Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.
- Wed, Jan 17 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jan 24 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jan 31 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 7 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 14 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 21 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Feb 28 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Mar 6 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Mar 13 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Mar 20 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Mar 27 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Apr 3 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Apr 10 (self-paced all week)
What you will learn
After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
- Explain the conceptual shift from conflict resolution to conflict transformation
- Explain key concepts of the restorative justice paradigm, as distinct from retributive justice
- Describe restorative justice values and processes, such as dialogue and consensus-building
- Explain key concepts of the psychology of harm, such as shame and trauma
- Understand the significant role of "community" in responding to harm, shame management, support for trauma recovery, reintegration and harm prevention
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:
- 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.
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.
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