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Unit description

Examines the philosophy and principles of restorative justice as an alternative approach to orthodox criminal justice processes. Discusses the theory and practice of restorative justice at various state, national and international levels. Analyses the appropriateness of restorative justice from the perspectives of participants including victims, offenders, state representatives and minority groups such as Indigenous people and people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Examines the application of restorative justice across the spectrum of the criminal justice system, from pre-sentence conferencing to inmate misconduct.

Unit content

Topic 1 Philosophy and principles of restorative justice
Topic 2 Participant perspectives in restorative justice processes
Topic 3 Theories of restorative justice
Topic 4 Critical perspectives on restorative justice
Topic 5 Victim-offender mediation
Topic 6 Conferencing as part of the restorative justice movement: international developments
Topic 7 Conferencing as part of the restorative justice movement: national developments
Topic 8 Case study: NSW conferencing scheme
Topic 9 Cultural appropriateness
Topic 10 Access, ethics and safeguards
Topic 11 Case study: restorative justice within corrective services
Topic 12 Restorative justice at the international criminal law level

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the philosophy and principles of restorative justiceKnowledge of a discipline
2identify the difference, and relationship, between punitive justice and restorative justice;Knowledge of a discipline
3describe the practice of restorative justice at state, national and international levels;Knowledge of a discipline
4describe and assess the roles of participants in restorative justice processes, including the victim, the offender, the community and the state;Knowledge of a discipline
5analyse restorative justice theory and practice from critical perspectives;Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6demonstrate skills in legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument in the area of restorative justice.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the philosophy and principles of restorative justice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify the difference, and relationship, between punitive justice and restorative justice;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe the practice of restorative justice at state, national and international levels;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe and assess the roles of participants in restorative justice processes, including the victim, the offender, the community and the state;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. analyse restorative justice theory and practice from critical perspectives;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. demonstrate skills in legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument in the area of restorative justice.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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