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Spring 2022

Course Description
This interdisciplinary 2-credit course will examine the theory, implementation, and practice of restorative justice. The course will focus primarily on three restorative justice (RJ) contexts: 1) as a replacement or adjunct to the criminal justice system; 2) as a method of addressing and preventing conflict, rule infraction, and harm in school systems, including universities; 3) as a means of building diverse communities, empowering youth, promoting social change in schools and community-based organizations. The class will examine innovative restorative justice practices designed to interrupt institutional racism, sexism, and homophobia in schools and the criminal justice system. We will examine the relationship of RJ to movements for racial and gender justice and prison abolition. We will examine the impact of trauma theory on the practice of RJ as well as empirical research on the effectiveness of various RJ practices. The course includes experiential components in restorative practices.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-18-2022 - 04-25-2022   R  3:30 PM-5:15 PM TBD

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will co-facilitate an assigned class discussion, write short reflection papers, and complete a research paper, project, or take home exam. Law students may complete a research paper that meets the requirements for upper-level writing credit. Students will be expected to attend the Race & Social Justice Law Review spring symposium focused on criminal justice reform and restorative justice.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
Course Delivery:
Blended (part residential and part online)
Special Restrictions: The course is available for law students (JD and LLM) and graduate students in the School of Education and Human Development. Enrollment is by application only. Students who are interested in taking the course should contact Ms. Ana Gonzalez at for an application. Class enrollment will be limited in size in order to facilitate experiential learning. Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 5, 5 p.m. You will receive notice of admission before spring registration begins.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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Phone: (305)284-3041
Office: G383


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