Online courses in restorative justice

Upcoming course, Spring 2015: Restorative Justice Practices

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PAX 676 – Restorative Justice Practices

Restorative justice is a practice-based discipline. The course will be framed by four essential values of RJ: encounter, amends, reintegration and inclusion. The content of the course will be embedded in the key practice models that drive the restorative justice field – victim-offender conferencing; family group conferences; circle processes; RJ in the workplace, schools, prisons, religious institutions, community gang and public violence; transforming historical harms; and applications in transitional justice processes globally. Conducted in a seminar format, students will have ample lab time to exercise the skills, complete assignments that are directly related to in-field competencies (e.g. policy reviews, writing program concept and funding documents, facilitating training sessions and engaging in self- and peer assessments) and grapple with the theory and ethics that drive our practice. For CJP MA students this is a skills assessment course.

Syllabus coming soon

Credit hours: 3 graduate credits (or audit)


The course includes 6 weeks of online classes and two intensive residential weekends.
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm online: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Weekends on campus: Feb 6-8 & March 20-22 (Fri 7-9 p.m.; Sat 8:30-5; Sun 1-5)


The fee for this course is $1875 for credit; $624 for audit.

About the instructor

Carl Stauffer, assistant professor of justice and development studies, lived in South Africa for 16 years, working with various transitional processes such as the Peace Accords, Community-Police Forums, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and local community development structures. From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Stauffer was appointed the Mennonite Central Committee regional peace adviser for the Southern Africa region. His work has taken him to twenty African countries and ten other countries in the Caribbean, Middle East, Europe and the Balkans. Dr. Stauffer’s academic interests focus on narratology, transitional justice, and post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. His research concentrates on the critique of transitional justice from a restorative frame, and the application of hybrid, parallel indigenous justice systems.

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