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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.



REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 4, 2019

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

This course is available to working professionals interested in deepening their understanding of alternative approaches to addressing harm. Non-degree applicants interested in this option must hold a bachelor’s degree. To apply for the non-degree option, please visit the Graduate Admissions Office to apply. Select the option for Non-degree: Dispute Resolution. Applicants will need their official bachelor’s transcript, resume and the application. The tuition rate is $2,100.

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.

Course Description

This course provides 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

Syllabus will be available at https://www.smu.edu/syllabus.

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.

Course Dates and Time

January 6-10.
Monday-Friday / 8:30am-5:30pm

Location:
Southern Methodist University, Main Campus
SMU Dispute Resolution Program

MEDIATE YOUR DIFFICULT DIALOGUES

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