Restorative Justice and Desistance (L4107A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Restorative justice purports to offer an alternative to the adversarial formal western criminal justice systems, more interested in dealing with the hurt caused by crime than reinforcing conflict by affecting emotional change in both victim and offender.

In this module, you are introduced to the concepts at the heart of restorative justice, with reference to its indigenous and contemporary applications post-apartheid South Africa, indigenous communities in North America and Australasia, Northern Ireland.

Yet, we also bring a critical lens to this phenomenon, interrogating the assumptions common to the processes and rationales behind restorative justice, querying its impact and potential impacts upon the mainstream criminal justice system.

Attendant to this critical perspective, you make links with the field of desistance, of the study of how ex-offenders leave behind criminality, a field with a more pronounced influence upon criminal justice policy.

In this module, you are required to question the very nature of the criminal justice systems.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: