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Forgiveness, Justice & Reconciliation

This course explores the nature of justice and forgiveness as a means of reconciliation, both in human relations as well as spiritual grounding. Students will frame these issues by looking at three distinct examples: the European Holocaust, the United States criminal justice system, and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Students will examine the attitudes toward justice and forgiveness as ordained by various faith traditions along with secular notions of restorative versus criminal justice.