Course Details

Restorative Justice, Community Building, and Practice

Restorative justice is a philosophy centered on creating the conditions for just and equitable communities in an interconnected world. A restorative approach emphasizes building and strengthening relationships and repairing harm when there is a breakdown in relationship. Unlike the adversarial criminal legal system, which focuses primarily on punishment, restorative justice focuses on the nature of the harm, the people affected by the harm, and what is needed for accountability and reparation. Different Indigenous traditions and peacemaking teachings have influenced and shaped restorative practices. Restorative justice theory informs practice, and practice informs theory. In this experiential learning course, students will study the intersection of theory and practice. They will participate in circle training where they learn how to facilitate circles, and they will use the skills they develop to support value-based dialogue and community building. Introspection and critical reflection will be an essential part of class learning.

Catalog Number: CRIM 693
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Restorative Justice and Human-Centered Design Project
Faculty: Buth, Annalise
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 12     Actual: 12

Spring 2019
Title: Restorative Justice and Human-Centered Design Project
Faculty: Buth, Annalise
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 12     Actual: 8