Metropolitan State University

CJS 354 : Restorative Justice

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice or instructor's consent. AND
CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
 
This course is designed to allow students to develop a working understanding and knowledge of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice looks at the concept of justice through nontraditional and alternative viewpoints. Rather than focus on "what is the crime, who did the crime and what should the punishment be," Restorative Justice focuses on "who has been harmed, what was the harm and who is responsible to repair the harm." Students will examine Restorative Justice from historical, sociological, criminological and psychological perspectives. Throughout the course, a wide range of specific "restorative practices" will be studied, reviewed and analyzed. Some of the concepts the course will explore are trauma and healing, conflict transformation, issues related to juvenile justice, and alternative processes such as Victim-Offender Dialogue and the Circle Process.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/15/2017 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Analyze current research/data on restorative responses for effectiveness, recidivism, participant satisfaction and other indices.
  2. Analyze current thinking and political considerations in criminal justice responses to crime victims and offenders.
  3. Demonstrate written and oral communicaion skills.
  4. Examine and evaluate the concept of restorative justice.
  5. Understand restorative justice from the perspectives of the victim, the offender, and the community.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Overlap: IDST 355 Restorative Justice.