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Restorative Justice Course Syllabi

Syllabi from previously-taught courses in restorative justice.
Restorative Justice - Seminary Course
Instructors: Harold Dean Trulear and Sylvia Moseley (TA). School: United Theological Seminary/Payne Theological Seminary. Date: January Term 2008. Description: Restorative Justice refers to a branch of ethics concerned with setting right relationships in response to offense. In the criminal justice system, offense is treated through some form of consequence, usually punitive. But the Christian needs to look beyond punishment to the concept of order and right relationship prescribed by God in His will for His people. So while the criminal justice system tends to punish and segregate offenders, the church strives for more- for restoration of relationships and all this entails. If participants take this course seriously, they will never be able to rid themselves of the image of a new way to address crime and justice in America- and especially in the African American community.
Restorative Justice
Instructor: Phyllis Turner-Lawrence. School: George Mason University. Date: Spring 2005. Description: By examining the needs and obligations of all stakeholders in dealing with the aftermath of crime, this seminar will take a critical look at traditional government responses to crime in the United States and examine how the principles and practice of an approach broadly known as restorative justice may improve that response, as well as examine the challenges of a restorative approach.
American Criminal Law & Restorative Justice 5061-30 - Law School
Instructor: Stan Basler. School: Oklahoma City University School of Law. Date: Spring 2005. Description: Class will be combined with Prison Ministry Immersion, Saint Paul School of Theology and six seminarians will join law students.
Restorative Justice and the Community
Instructor: Not noted. School: Bellevue University. Date: Not noted. Description: This course reviews the evolution and development of what has come to be known as Restorative Justice. It also examines specific models and programs that are currently being explored in a variety of correctional programs, with an emphasis on assisting the student to develop and implement similar correctional programs in Restorative Justice.
Youth in Mediation
Instructor: Tamara Fackrell. School: Brigham Young University. Date: Winter 2005. Description: Learn advanced mediation concepts and use your mediation talents with at-risk youth. The Youth in Mediation Class is a program where students are trained and receive a certificate for Parent-Teen and Victim Offender mediation. The students augment their basic mediation skills by participating in one-on- one instructor feedback, video tape review, lecture, role plays, and activities. The students learn many advanced skills about mediating with youth such as co-mediation, questioning, power imbalance, future focus, and relationship-based mediation techniques followed by an opportunity to apply the skills learned in a 39-hour practicum. With flexible practicum hours students can tailor projects to fit their schedules.
Topics in Criminal Justice: Restorative Justice
Instructor: Cheryl Swanson. School: University of West Florida. Date: Not Given. Description: Students will be introduced to the philosophy and principles of restorative justice including its historical and theological roots. Assumptions about crime and justice will be examined by comparing and contrasting retributive and restorative paradigms. The role of offender, victim, church, state, and community are examined in the context of crime and justice. Students will also examine a program evaluation of restorative justice programs to discern outcome effectiveness.
Global Restorative Justice & Community Corrections
Instructor: Christina Stahlkopf. School: San Fransisco State University. Date: Spring 2009. Description: This course will examine the fundamental principles underpinning global practices in community corrections. Students will be introduced to the history and practice of community corrections and its application to criminal justice policy. In particular, this course will examine a wide variety of restorative justice practices, the contemporary form of community corrections being practiced around the globe, with the aim to understand the benefits and problems with this quickly growing phenomena as well as the place of the United States within these developments. Restorative Justice offers a refreshingly different framework for thinking about wrongdoing. It moves beyond the confines of traditional justice systems to embrace social justice principles. This course will offer students an opportunity to study the leading restorative justice practices to explore the possibilities Restorative Justice offers to move beyond the limitations of retributive justice. The goal is to increase students’ knowledge of how different cultures have utilized the community corrections movement and to note how despite vast cultural differences many countries have adopted similar practices. Moreover, one of the ultimate objectives of this class is to encourage students to critically examine if, how, and whether these international practices could be adopted here in the United States.
Community and Restorative Justice
Instructor: Hal Nees. School: Metropolitan State College of Denver. Date: Not Noted. Description: This course is an overview of community and restorative justice. At the end of the course students will be able to: describe the basic elements of the criminal justice system, will be able to list and describe the basic principles of community and restorative justice and will be able to evaluate restorative justice programs to determine if the program is meeting or following the basic principles of restorative justice.
Restorative Justice
Instructor: Lydia Voigt. School: Loyola University New Orleans. Date: Spring 2007. Description: This course offers a critical review of Restorative Justice (RJ) including a consideration of its definitions, historical roots, theoretical origins, key principles and substantive practices, global policies and programs, controversial issues, and future directions and possibilities. The course brings together a wide range of perspectives encompassing historical, philosophical, religious, political, sociological, anthropological, criminological, economic, and legal considerations. The course also provides a critical assessment of the potential of Restorative Justice as well as its limitations. Finally, special attention is given to the implications of Restorative Justice for our personal lives and for society.
Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Forgiveness - Grad
Instructor: Shann Ferch. School: Gonzaga University. Date: Fall 2008. Description: The key learning theme I want students to understand is the idea of emotional discipline based in love that calls a person toward meaningful responses to human suffering. Such responses are grounded in discernment regarding human conflict, oppression, power, and harm, and the opportunities – personal, familial, societal and global - that rise from the crucible of potential that is our humanity.
Special Topic: Restorative Justice
Instructor: Judah Oudshoorn. School: Conrad Grebel University College. Date: Winter 2009. Description: This is a seminar course investigating the history, theory, principles, practices and people of restorative justice. Content will centre particularly on restorative justice as a way of dealing with crime and interpersonal violence in the Canadian context. Although restorative justice practice goes back 1,000’s of years in many aboriginal and indigenous communities, it has only been since the mid-1970’s that it began to formally (re)emerge. Since then restorative justice programs have sprouted up all over the world.
Restorative Justice: The Promise, The Challenge
Instructors: Howard Zehr and Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz. School: Eastern Mennonite University. Date: Summer 2009. Description: This course will provide a critical introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of restorative justice. The course explores the needs and roles of key “stakeholders” (victims, offenders, communities, justice systems), outlines the basic principles and values of restorative justice, and introduces some of the primary models of practice. It also addresses challenges to restorative justice - the dangers, the pitfalls – as well as possible strategies to help prevent restorative justice from failing to live to its promise.
Transformative Justice - Seminary
Instructor: Dwight Duff. School: Ambrose University College. Date: May 2009. Description: Transformative Justice is a new, yet old way of thinking and doing justice. It is not a specific program or set of programs but it is a way of thinking about responding to the problem of crime. It offers a set of values that guides decisions on policy, programs, and practice. This course will look at a transformative response to crime as a resource for reconciliation of victims, offenders and community. It will study the effectiveness of the current retributive model and the role the media plays in its perpetuation. The student will be invited to consider a transformative model of justice that is grounded in Christian, as well as other faith traditions.”
Restorative Justice
Instructors: Lydia Newlin, Maria Alderink. School: Metropolitan State University School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Date: Spring 2008. Description: Restorative Justice is encourages students to develop a working definition and knowledge of restorative justice principals and concepts. Students will examine restorative justice from a historical, sociological, criminological and psychological perspective. A wide range of specific restorative practices, including issues relating to diversity, will be studied, reviewed and analyzed.
Restorative Justice
Instructor: Mary E. White, J.D. School: Northern Arizona University. Date: Fall 2007. Description: Introduction to the principles & practices of Restorative Justice.
Instructor: Dr. Jan Johnston. School: San Jose State University. Date: Fall 2008. Description: This course is designed to give students a range of communication and negotiation skills for resolving conflict situations and gaining people’s cooperation as alternatives dispute resolution [ADR] methods to using physical force, coercion and litigation. It is divided into three sections: Part I. Crisis Intervention for managing conflict in stressful and dangerous situations where people are thinking and acting in a highly emotional and irrational manner; Part II. Mediation for conflict situations that involve civil disputes where the parties, with help, can act more rationally; and Part III Restorative Justice methods for resolving conflicts that involve criminal or child protection matters, where one party has committed an offense against others and needs to make restitution to the victim in some way.
LAW 624: Select Problems in Criminal Law: Restorative Justice
Western criminal jurisprudence has been critiqued as ignoring the needs of victims, emphasizing retributive at the expense of rehabilitative goals, and creating an economic burden through increasingly punitive sentencing patterns. This course offers a critical examination of restorative justice as an ancillary approach to holding criminal offenders accountable while also addressing victim and community needs. Students will become familiar with practices they may encounter or have the opportunity to initiate in their own work in the criminal justice system.

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