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These courses are designed to allow SDSU undergraduate students to earn extra units for graduation while at the same time learning about the latest trends and hot topics in a variety of areas. Courses are currently offered in political science, public administration, and sociology. Each course consists of only two class meetings; typically a Friday/Saturday combination. Community members are also welcome to enroll.
Courses may be eligible for financial aid if the student is using the units within their major to complete their degree. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.
Courses meet on the SDSU campus. Classroom numbers are listed with each course.
Courses typically meet on a Friday evening and all day on Saturday of the following week. Specific start and end times vary. These courses are usually offered during the fall and spring terms, though occasionally there may be summer offerings. Additional courses may be added throughout the semester; check back for updates.
These are undergraduate, upper-division courses. Each course is one unit.
Grading is on a Credit/No Credit basis. No letter grades will be assigned. Students must attend all meetings and complete all assignments to receive credit.
You may register online, by phone, by mail, or in person at the College of Extended Studies Registration Office in the Gateway Center, facing Hardy Avenue. Be sure to register early; courses may be cancelled if there are not enough students enrolled.
Students from other universities should first check with their school to make sure these units will transfer. Approval is up to the receiving institution.
This course will focus on the history, concepts, principles and theory of restorative practices, and give an overview of the main restorative tools including community building circles and restorative conferencing. The course will compare retributive and restorative approaches to justice and help professionals develop a trauma informed lens in working with youth. Special attention is paid to the experience of victims and offenders and psychological effects of harm, shame, and reintegration. Interactive skill building activities will include practicing nonviolent communication, building consensus and empathy, and emotional regulation.
This course will focus on implementing restorative practices in school settings including challenges of restorative practices implementation and organizational change, barriers and missteps in implementation, recovery and contingency approaches, as well as available local, regional and state resources. We will use individual student case studies to look at how to implement restorative practices in different school settings. This course will explore types of restorative circle processes and the psychology behind the circle. Interactive skill-building activities will include learning different circle structures to lead groups in dialogue regarding a range of purposes including community building and home circles in classrooms.
Special attention will be paid to limits of retributive discipline in schools, failure of zero tolerance policies, exploring the school-to-prison pipeline, and the role of school violence and school climate. We will look at the effectiveness of restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution practices in schools and limits of restorative justice. Interactive skill building activities will include facilitating dialogues between impacted parties, those responsible for harm, and the community. This includes preparing participants in pre-meetings, acknowledging cross-cultural considerations, managing the expression of emotions, providing support, developing a restorative plan, and ongoing mentoring.