Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories & Applications

Carl Stauffer

This course provides a critical examination of the values, principles, and practices of restorative justice. It provides a unique opportunity to explore both the promise and the challenge of the restorative justice field in various contexts and from diverse perspectives. Our primary starting point is the U.S. criminal legal system and the problems posed by its dominant responses to crime and violence, however we will also draw from international applications of restorative justice. We examine how restorative justice presents a philosophy of justice that addresses the needs of multiple stakeholders, draws from faith-based and indigenous approaches, and challenges interpersonal and structural forms of harm.

Participants will also explore intersections and applications of restorative justice with other practice fields and movements including racial justice, trauma healing, education, youth development, and transitional justice.

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.



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