Course Details

Practicum: Restorative Justice

There is growing disconnect in communities, division based on political views, and inequity. This exacerbates problems surrounding issues such as gun violence, police accountability, school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and systemic racism. As communities and other stakeholders search for solutions, restorative justice is gaining recognition for its transformative and healing potential. Restorative justice is a value-based relational approach to harm that emphasizes the importance of dialogue. It is a philosophy of justice that requires a paradigm shift in how we relate to one another and think about wrongdoing. Instead of focusing on punishment, restorative justice centers on repairing harm. It seeks to address the needs and obligations of those affected by harm through collaborative and inclusive processes. Restorative practices are used in the criminal justice system, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other settings. This practicum will introduce students to the philosophy, history, and principles of restorative justice. Students will have the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of restorative justice through working in a field placement 12 hours per week, and they will participate in a circle training at the beginning of the semester. The professor teaching the course will assist students in finding a placement. Placements must be secured and pre-approved prior to the beginning of the semester. All second and third year students are eligible to enroll in the practicum.

Catalog Number: CRIM 691


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Practicum: Restorative Justice
Faculty: Buth, Annalise
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 4

Spring 2017
Title: Practicum: Restorative Justice
Faculty: Buth, Annalise
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 4

Spring 2016
Title: Practicum: Restorative Justice
Faculty: Buth, Annalise
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8