Restorative Justice

Class Unique: 28390

Cross-Listing Short Course: Restorative justice is a social movement and set of practices that aims to redirect society’s retributive response to crime. Crime, in the context of restorative justice, is not considered just an offense against the state but rather is viewed as a wrong against another person and indicative of a broken relationship between the offender, victim, and community. Accordingly, restorative justice seeks to elevate the role of crime victims and community members; hold offenders directly accountable to the people they have violated; and restore, to the extent possible, the emotional and material losses of victims by providing a range of opportunities for dialogue, negotiation, and problem solving. This course provides an introduction and exposure to the principles of restorative justice and its application to the treatment of human suffering from crime and related social problems. It explores the needs and roles for key stakeholders (victims, offenders, communities, justice systems), examines the values and assumptions of the movement, including its spiritual and religious roots, and introduces students to some of the current programs at community, state and international levels. The framework of the course is, in part, based on social work values and the ethical decision-making process. Besides discussing its policy implications, students will evaluate the potential of restorative justice to address social problems marked by human conflict, oppression, power and harm, e.g. partner abuse, hate crimes. Finally, students will examine the empirical evidence for restorative justice, identify critical issues including gaps in theory or practice, and critique its integrity and overall direction.

Class Details

Short course from 1/19/18 through 2/17/18

Meeting Days Time Location
Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm SSW 2.122
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm SSW 2.122

Examination information not available

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will not use floating mean GPA


  • Restorative justice dialogue: An essential guide for research and practice - Umbreit, M. & Armour, M
      New York: Springer , edition: 2010
      ISBN: 9780826122582   (required)
  • Critical issues in restorative justice - Zehr, H. & Toews, B
      Boulder, CO:Lynne Rienner 419 pp , edition: 2004
      ISBN: 1-881798- 51-8   (required)
  • A human being died that night: A South African story of forgiveness - Godobo-Madikizela
      Boston: Houghton Mifflin
      ISBN: 0618211896   (required)
  • The little book of restorative justice: Revised and Updated (Justice and Peace building). - Zehr, H
      Intercourse, PA: Good Books , edition: 2014
      ISBN: 9781561483761   (required)