Restorative justice has arisen in the last decades to address the manifest shortcomings of the criminal system: it offers a new outlook on conflict and its repercussions – crime is essentially viewed as a breach of interpersonal relationships and not so much as the infringement of a legal rule – and points toward legal consequences that, more than mere punishment, strive to hold the agent actively accountable, to repair damages and restore all affected parties. This shift in outlook entails a substantial shift in the approach, proposed resolution procedures or the identification of the intervenients. Because its is easily adapted to the various scenarios, restorative justice has gained ground as a preferential way of handling non-criminal disputes within companies, schools and even families. In this regard, the course’s goal is to endow students with the tools to directly engage with the restorative way of thinking and acting. They are expected to: learn fundamental notions of restorative justice; comprehend and apply the specific methodology thereof; acquire the skills that will enable them to approach conflicts in a restorative way. Given that the restorative method is essentially interdisciplinary and because the course is open to students from all degrees, students are encouraged to work in groups made up of members from different scientific areas.
4 ECTS / Semester / English