JST534 Restorative Justice - Community Conferencing (8)

The subject locates community conferencing amongst interests based facilitative methods of conflict resolution, and contrasts approaches of mediation and conferencing. It outlines theoretical underpinnings of facilitation methods increasingly being favoured in preventing disputes escalating to the rights based court arena, and restoring social harmony. Students examine the application of various models of conferencing as they are applied in diverse contexts such as community justice centres, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice and adult corrections. Students can choose a research or practice focus.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

JST534 is not available to students who have completed JST424

Subject Relationships

JST424 JST534 is a masters level version of JST424

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to distinguish interests and rights based facilitation methods of conflict resolution
  • Be able to critically evaluate the key features of mediation and conferencing methods of conflict resolution
  • Be able to describe the theoretical basis of restorative conferencing
  • Be able to distinguish family group conferencing, restorative justice and sentencing circles
  • Be able to critically evaluate the applicability of restorative conferencing principles to a specific context
  • Be able to describe the role, functions, process and skills of a conference convenor.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Emergence of informal justice as an alternative to formal court proceedings, in civil and criminal contexts Facilitation paradigms, including mediation and conferencing Emergence of conferencing theory and practice, including family group conferencing, restorative conferencing and sentencing circles Republican and restorative justice theories Key elements and distinguishing features of conferencing models Contexts of conferencing practice such as community justice centres, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice and adult corrections Practice methods and issues for conferencing policy and practice


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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.