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About the Course

This 3-credit seminar explores the history and practices of Restorative Justice. Interest in restorative practices has grown dramatically over the past three decades as people and communities seek other options for addressing harms caused to victims and communities by offenders. This course will outline the principles of RJ, explore its relationship to various indigenous and traditional secular and religious practices, as well as its usage in a variety of settings, including the criminal justice system and educational settings. It will consider how restorative justice is used as a means of restoring relationships and healing. Types of restorative process that will be addressed in this course include victim/offender dialogues, community accountability circles, as well as youth justice reforms. Additionally, students will complete a 15-hour facilitation training in circle processes and be required to participate in restorative circles through CU’s Restorative Justice Program.

PACS 2500, PACS 3700, PACS 3850, or PACS 3860 is recommended prior to enrollment in PACS 4000.


PACS 4000: Restorative Justice Syllabus. This course is taught by Restorative Justice professional Rachel Larsen.

Class Attributes

  • This course counts for Arts & Sciences General Education: Distribution-Social Sciences

  • This course can be used to complete the capstone requirement for the PACS Certificate or as a PACS elective.


  • This course is offered in person fall term.