Course Details

Practicum: Restorative Justice

Where is the justice in the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and systemic racial inequality? There is growing frustration with the failures of our systems and institutions. As communities search for better solutions, restorative justice is gaining recognition as a means of resolving conflict. Restorative justice requires a paradigm shift about the ways in which we treat one another and how we think about conflict. It is a philosophy of justice that focuses on the harm caused by an offense rather than the rule or law that has been broken. A restorative approach views an offense as a violation of relationships and community. Thus, it seeks to repair the harm and restore relationships through addressing the needs and obligations of those affected by the harm. This practicum will introduce students to the philosophy, history, and principles of restorative justice. Students will explore restorative practices and their implementation in the criminal justice system, schools, workplaces, and other communities. They will have the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of restorative justice through working in a field placement 12 hours per week. 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. There is one weekend of mandatory training. All second and third year students are eligible to enroll in the practicum.

Catalog Number: CRIM 691


Course History

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