Restorative Justice: Concepts, Issues, Debates - SOCI6810

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Giuseppe Maglione checkmark-circle


Restorative justice has emerged in recent years as a new way of thinking about how we should view and respond to crime. Restorative approaches are making significant inroads into criminal justice policy and practice and this module provides students with an opportunity to engage in an increasingly dynamic and interesting field in contemporary criminal justice. The main aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of restorative justice. It explores key values, issues and debates in restorative justice set in the context of theoretical arguments and criminal justice policy and practice.

The module will open with the concepts and theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice and go on to explore restorative justice and offenders, restorative justice and victims, emotions in restorative justice, the role of the community and the role of the state. It will close with critical issues and debates in restorative justice and future directions.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total study hours : 150


BA Hons Criminal Justice & Criminology and BSc Social Sciences

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework - Essay (2,500 words) - 50%
Examination (2 Hours) - 50%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

McLaughlin,E. Fergusson,R. Hughes,G. and Westmorland,L (2003) Restorative Justice: Critical Issues, Sage
Gavrielides, T. (2015) The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within. Surrey, Ashgate.
Vanfraechem, I., Bolivar, D., and Aertsen, I. (2015) Victims and Restorative Justice. London: Routledge
Johnstone, G. (2002) Restorative Justice: Ideas, Values, Debates, Willan publishing
Crawford, A. and Newburn, T. (2003) Youth Offending and Restorative Justice: Implementing reform in youth justice, Willan publishing
Weitekamp, E. and Kerner, H. (2002) Restorative Justice: Theoretical Foundations, Willan publishing
Roche, D. (2003) Accountability in Restorative Justice, Oxford University Press
Elliott, E., and Gordon, R. (2005) New Directions in Restorative Justice: Issues, practice, evaluation, Willan publishing
Zehr, H. and Toews, B. (2004) Critical Issues in Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice Press Monsey, New York

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Critically assess restorative justice as an approach to crime from a national and international perspective.
8.2 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding relating to the evaluation of theoretically and empirically based arguments about restorative justice.
8.3 Develop a critical understanding of the links between restorative justice and traditional justice systems
8.4 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of criminal justice.
8.5 Demonstrate an ability to identify and make reasoned arguments based on research evidence and academic texts from a national and international perspective.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Effectively synthesize key conceptual arguments coherently in a written form
9.2 Demonstrate ability to critically synthesise knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry
9.3 Demonstrate enhanced research and organisational skills by using library e-journal and other on line resources


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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