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Restorative Justice




12 Months


About the Course

A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Restorative Justice is a graduate-level program that focuses on the principles, theories, and practices of restorative justice. Restorative justice is an alternative approach to addressing conflicts, crime, and harm, emphasizing the restoration of relationships and healing rather than punishment and retribution.

In a Restorative Justice M.A. program, students delve into the philosophical, historical, and theoretical foundations of restorative justice. They explore the various models and practices of restorative justice, including victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, circle processes, and community-based initiatives. The curriculum may also cover related topics such as conflict resolution, transformative justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Students in this program gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and values that guide restorative justice, such as inclusivity, empowerment, accountability, and community engagement. They learn how to facilitate and participate in restorative justice processes, developing skills in active listening, dialogue facilitation, conflict resolution, and creating safe spaces for open communication.

Research methods and data analysis are often integral components of the program, enabling students to conduct rigorous research on restorative justice theories and practices. They may have opportunities to engage in fieldwork, internships, or practical projects to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.

Upon completion of an M.A. degree in Restorative Justice, graduates can pursue various career paths. They may work in the criminal justice system, collaborating with courts, correctional institutions, and probation services to implement restorative justice practices. They can also find employment in community organizations, non-profit agencies, or educational institutions, advocating for restorative justice principles and facilitating dialogue and healing processes.Furthermore, some graduates may choose to pursue further academic study or research in restorative justice, contributing to the advancement of the field through scholarly publications, policy development, or teaching positions at universities and colleges.Overall, an M.A. degree in Restorative Justice equips students with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to promote healing, repair harm, and build healthier and more just communities through restorative practices. 

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