BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCI-300 - Peacemaking - 3.00 Credits

SOCI-300 - Peacemaking - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will examine and analyze the principles, assumptions, and applications of Aboriginal peacemaking and restorative (transformative) justice models. It will contrast retributive/punitive models of justice with community and culture-based models of conflict resolution and consider the relationships and values of key stakeholders, including individuals, families, elders and communities. Concepts of justice are deconstructed, while importance is paid to the promotion and protection of Aboriginal heritage, jurisprudence, and knowledge in a variety of intercultural social and legal contexts. Traditional and contemporary practices to conflict resolution will be introduced, including peacemaking circles, victim/offender reconciliation and family/group conferencing.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 110 or permission of the instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
  • examine the historical context and realities for Aboriginal peoples and the criminal justice system;

  • compare adversarial justice and colonial worldviews to healing models of justice and indigenous worldviews;

  • explain traditional and contemporary Aboriginal peacemaking processes, and restorative (transformative) justice paradigms;

  • examine the importance of the relationships and values of key stakeholders in peacemaking processes;

  • analyze alternatives to adversarial criminal justice processes in a variety of contexts (i.e. local justice, youth, family, school, community initiatives);

  • practice peacemaking facilitation and design an activity on resolving conflict, communicating and cooperating;

  • deconstruct and evaluate the frameworks of peacemaking circles, victim/offender reconciliation and family/group conferencing;

  • examine international human rights and Indigenous rights related to the protection of Indigenous heritages, knowledge and cultures;

  • discuss relevant applications of legislation and justice processes that offer decolonization and peacemaking opportunities;

  • explain the importance of linguistic, cultural, gender, and socio-economic diversity in peacemaking processes;

  • analyze the limits and challenges of peacemaking and transformative processes; and

  • examine the possibilities of reconciliation, grassroots human development and community building.
  • Text and Materials:
  • McCaslin, Wanda. D. (Ed.) Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways: Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice from the Native Law CentreSt. Paul, MN, 2005, Living Justice Press
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council Approved December 17th, 2014.