PEAC 203: Introduction to Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice explores the theory and practice of restorative justice. Themes include retribution, punishment and deterrence; Indigenous approaches to justice; trauma and healing; shame and empathy; community, belonging, forgiveness, and reconciliation. These are explored at a variety of scales, from the interpersonal to the global, and in various contexts – from the Canadian criminal justice system to transitional justice following war, apartheid, or colonial subjugation. Students will gain familiarity with the applied practices of victim-offender mediation, family-group conferencing, peacemaking circles, and truth and reconciliation commissions; and also learn how restorative practices are being used in environmental contexts and in our schools.
Prerequisites: English 12 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better, or recommended PEAC 100 and 101.