Restorative Justice is a set of values and practices that are having a considerable impact on the way our justice system, schools, workplaces, conflict zones and communities think about and enact justice. Restorative Justice asks: What if harm doers were given the opportunity to take responsibility and make amends? If survivors were able to be active participants in defining what justice is and how it could be enacted to help them to heal and move on? And if the larger community was involved in this accountability and healing process?
In the current social environment, we are questioning the value and humanity of our current system of justice. Given this potential openness to change, it is not enough to say that the American system of punishment does not achieve these goals. Restorative justice claims to provide the structure and philosophy needed to make this transformation real. But what are the philosophical, psychological, social and emotional values and concepts on which it is built and can be mobilized to support that change?
Prerequisites: Students must have taken an introductory class on restorative justice, had a direct experience with restorative justice or participated in a restorative justice training.
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 10:20AM-12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only
Categories: All courses , Advancement of Public Action