The Transformative and Restorative Justice program at Humber reflects the views of leading thinkers in the field: restorative justice (RJ) is not a unified subject, nor is it complete - professionals and academics continue to engage in its construction. Thus, instead of passively reflecting on what RJ is, or has been, participants will actively contribute to what it will be in the future.
Restorative justice is an innovative justice strategy which addresses interpersonal conflict through mediation, dialogue, and reconciliation. Victims take an active role in defining the process and offenders are supported in taking responsibility and repairing the harm they caused to the extent that it is possible.
Many believe that RJ is part of a solution to serious issues of prison overpopulation, prison cost, lack of offender accountability, re-victimization of victims by insensitive court proceedings etc. Still RJ as a diversionary process is only part of a larger evolving program of transformative justice which aims to address overarching structural inequities. But what exactly is RJ's emerging role in this larger transformative program?
Using the work of pioneering scholars, this program leads participants through a critical exploration of the theoretical groundwork of restorative justice and the criminal justice system to which it responds. The depth, scope, and sophistication of this inquiry is profoundly unique among certificates of this kind and will give graduates a compassionate edge in the professional field.
We also focus on practical skill building through participatory education and participant-lead class structures. Students will master facilitation skills guided by RJ values and principles. These skills and values are the bedrock of any RJ program and can be exported and transferred across a gamut of RJ programs (victim offender mediation, circle facilitation, community panels, etc.) and professional fields (education, corrections, community building etc.) Graduates will enter or return to their workplace and community, having not only studied restorative justice, but practiced restorative justice, and participated in its ongoing construction as an evolving social movement.
RJ Practitioners are becoming increasingly valued agents of social transformation by bringing their value-based knowledge and practical skills into any professional or personal field where justice is a concern. They are bringing it into the classroom, the courtroom, mentorship programs, guidance offices, probation offices, principals offices, political campaign headquarters, penitentiaries and community building organizations. At Humber, we go beyond conventional approaches to emphasize the transformative component of this increasingly popular model. By participating in the social movement of restorative justice, you are not just changing with the times, you are changing the times.
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Compulsory Courses - 5 Required