This course is an introduction to the restorative justice paradigm. It begins with an overview of modern criminal justice systems with a focus on the contrast between restorative justice and the dominant retributive/punitive model of justice. Students will examine the principles key concepts and applications of restorative justice. Particular attention is paid to the issues relating to the three key stakeholder groups-victims offenders and community-are discussed and debated. The course will introduce students to a variety of established expressions of restorative justice including victim/offender reconciliation programs family/group conferencing and circle remedies. Topics will include: the needs and experiences of victims offenders and communities. The potential of restorative justice for producing healing justice in the aftermath of crime and conflict will be weighed against its potential pitfalls.