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Restorative Justice will provide postgraduate students with a comprehensive and advanced overview of key issues in restorative justice theory, research and practice. It will involve a deep intellectual engagement with questions such as:
* What is restorative justice?
* To what extent does the concept differ from other justice ideals?
* How can restorative justice be used in criminal justice in practice?
* To what extent might restorative justice remedy the limitations of Western criminal justice systems?
* What does empirical research indicate about the application of restorative justice?
* What is the current status of restorative justice around the world?
* To what extent could restorative justice support cultural change in criminal justice?
The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of restorative justice thinking and research and with knowledge about its use, potential benefits for stakeholders and practical limitations in the criminal justice context. It will require students to think both philosophically and practically about the topics under study, promoting their intellectual development. The module draws on theoretical and empirical literature from a variety of fields and countries in order to ensure that students leave with a well-rounded understanding of restorative justice. It will also involve participation in restorative pedagogical methods so that students can experience restorative principles in practice.
Some lectures will also be delivered by guest speakers. Students will be expected to prepare for, attend and participate actively in classes over the course of the module.