Made for Transformative Change
The field of transformative justice is intended to build alternatives to our current justice systems, break generational cycles of violence within our communities and families, and address, reduce, end and prevent violence from happening. Students graduating from Curry College with a degree in Transformative Justice will be prepared for a variety of careers in human services, organizing, non-profit, and/or human rights as advocates and assisting in interventions for those who have been harmed or are in crisis.
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The Transformative Justice major at Curry will allow students to understand how harm and violence create obligations and needs within communities, and that in order to break longstanding patterns of violence, the response must both hold those who create the harm accountable while facilitating healing for individuals and communities. While recognizing that reform of current criminal justice practices and systems is important and much needed for harm reduction, transformative justice focuses on the critical role of community responses to harm, violence and/or abuse. This is based on the core belief that there are limits to how much healing the official justice system can provide, and there may be more possibility for transformation in our communities through grassroots forces than through the government.
Transformative Justice Curriculum
The Transformative Justice major at Curry draws from the fields of Criminal Justice, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology. Each of these disciplines contributes to understanding the context where the work of social and transformative justice must happen.
- Examine the current criminal justice system and its impacts on individuals, families, and communities.
- Be asked to critique these systems and explore alternatives to our criminal justice system where the emphasis is on healing, empowerment and social change for survivors, families, and communities.
- Evaluate the social institutions and systems that cause or contribute to injustice and how to work with communities to make changes to those systems.
Transformative Justice Major Requirements and Learning Outcomes
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Restorative Justice: Community and Incarceration
Resiliency Rising: Restorative Justice
Court Processes and Alternative Pathways to Justice
Justice and Human Rights Advocacy
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The Path to Your Dream Career
Just a few of the many career options include:
- Community Organizer
- Human Rights
- Human Services
- Outreach Worker
- Restorative Justice Facilitator
- Violence Interrupter