The course is designed to help students apply learning in the contexts they work and live in. A central assumption is that participants want to critically engage with the concept of being a restorative practice practitioner. The teaching and learning style is participative; pragmatic; and underpinned by research, theory and experience. The course examines issues across local ,national and international settings.
The field of Restorative Practice may be regarded as a growing field of practice across Europe over the last ten years. The relevance of this restorative movement is reflected in Ulsters' postgraduate and undergraduate restorative practices training provision which attracts participants from the full range of criminal justice agencies, the worlds of primary and post primary school education, established and emerging community restorative justice organisations and other settings. The teaching and learning activities aim to have a pragmatic focus.This includes addressing the mindset skills and processes oto work restoratively in a range of settings. Teaching content is shaped in part by the research activity of the team, other research and a range of theories from restorative practice, education, sociology and psychology. The team is committed to the personal development of each student. The student peer group is upheld as a source of learning and support. As well as becoming more effective in their own environment the course requires students to look at a wider world of practice. This includes considering how restorative practice may contribute to peace building in large scale conflicts. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 academic credits) upon successful completion of two of the optional modules listed below. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 academic credits) upon successful completion of four of the optional modules listed below. Research Methods and the Dissertation must be completed in order to be awarded the MSc (180 academic credits).
This course is delivered part-time. Students may enter the programme at the start of any semester if the modules being delivered meet their learning needs.
This course is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council as a qualification to be an accredited practitioner. This course has been undertaken by people working across the criminal justice sector, community restorative justice, and primary and post-primary school systems and from trade unions and the wider Voluntary sector.