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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Restorative practices seek to repair the harm done to an individual or group of people by another individual or group of people. Restorative practices are designed to increase empathy and accountability on behalf of the wrong-doer, and restore, to the extent possible, the emotional and material losses of the harmed parties by providing a range of opportunities for dialogue, negotiation and problem-solving.

SMU Dispute Resolution and Liberal Studies students should register via MY.SMU.EDU.

Noncredit students will need to fill out the Fall 2017 Registration Form and notate ‘Non-Credit’ and then make the noncredit tuition payment here.

Although restorative practices originated as an alternative approach to criminal justice, their applications are far-reaching and can bring about transformative change in protracted conflict between groups and cultures, international conflict, workplace conflict, family conflict, and any other conflict where one party has been harmed by the actions of another party.

This courseprovides an introduction and exposure to the principles of restorative practices and their application to the treatment of human suffering. This course will explore the needs and roles of key stakeholders to the conflict and examine the values and assumptions of the restorative practices movement, including its spiritual and religious roots, and introduce students to some of the current programs at community, state and national levels. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the role of restorative practices in peace-building, transformative mediation practices, conflict coaching, and dispute resolution training. Students will evaluate the potential of restorative practices to address workplace conflict, family conflict, and social problems marked by human conflict, oppression, power and harm, (e.g., partner abuse, hate crimes, protracted conflict between ethnicities and cultures, bullying in the workplace, etc.).

This class is designed to build skills in knowledge, analysis, critical thinking, communication, and implementation of restorative practices and principles. Instructor lecture, guest speakers, panels, videos, discussion, cases analyses and student presentations will be utilized.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of restorative practice concepts, principles, and
  2. Recognize the ripple effect of trauma and emotional impact that can occur as a result of a violated relationship.
  3. Explain the concept, methods and potential uses of different restorative practices.
  4. Identify humanistic mediation and the skills used to conduct restorative mediations, conferences, and
  5. Identify the personal, interpersonal, and organizational changes necessary for implementation of restorative practices and the implications for policy and program development including stakeholder and professional
  6. Communicate persuasively benefits and potential applications of restorative practices initiatives with appropriate
  7. Critique the promise of restorative practices for producing healing, including its challenges and

View the syllabus. > Restorative Justice Fall 2017

Teaching Methods
This class is designed to build skills in knowledge, analysis, critical thinking, communication, and implementation of restorative practices and principles. Instructor lecture, guest speakers, panels, videos, discussion, cases analyses and student presentations will be utilized.

Who Should Attend?
This course is available for graduate credit for Southern Methodist University students currently enrolled in the Master of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution and Master of Liberal Studies programs. Individuals who are not enrolled as SMU students may take the course as a non-credit class.

Fall Term Registration period is July 10 through July 21. 

  • SMU Dispute Resolution and Liberal Studies students should register via MY.SMU.EDU.
  • Noncredit students will need to fill out the Fall 2017 Registration Form and notate ‘Non-Credit’ and then make the noncredit tuition payment here.

Date: Wednesdays, August 9 – October 4, 2017     Time: 6 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Location: Southern Methodist University, Plano Campus
SMU Dispute Resolution Program
5228 Tennyson Parkway Suite 118
Plano, Texas  75024

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