Book Review – PowerPoint Format
1 This project will involve one of your assigned texts – Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice by Rupert Ross. This thoughtful and critical examination of our mainstream justice system verses Aboriginal concepts of Justice is truly cathartic. The book will give you an in-depth understanding of the author’s search for a meaningful understanding of his own perspective about aboriginal way of life and justice. You will get an opportunity to witness the deep history and witness, through the eyes of the author, what has been taken away from all of us in the name of progress and how the author arrived at his conclusion. It is never easy to question a system that is often blindly supported as long as it is not an inconvenient to those who are racially and economically privileged. The book touches upon many important themes, but I think above all else, the book is about redeeming our humanity through restorative practices. Once you have had a chance to read this book, I would like you to design a power point presentation that captures what you think are the most important themes, ideas, or points Rupert Ross hopes you and others come away with from your reading.
2 While you are certainly free to determine the themes and ideas you think are most important, below I provide a few thoughts/questions to stimulate your thinking. This is not a laundry list of ideas you have to include in your presentation - rather just some things to think about before you begin the review. Please do not simply answer the questions that follow; instead I encourage you to be creative in how you construct your review of this book. Again, these are just questions provided to get you thinking if you are uncertain about getting started.
a. What did you learn about his passion, research rigor and the topic?
b. How would you describe our justice system and how it continues to perpetuate mainstream ideologies without being scrutinized?
c. In a place like the United States that is abound with liberalism and access, why do you suppose we continue to struggle to understand the native communities and their way of life?
d. After finishing this book, were your thoughts about our justice system changed or reinforced?
e. What factors contribute to influence how our justice system and other forms of punitive systems operate?
f. What are the lessons we can learn from understanding and embracing the aboriginal perspectives?
g. How would you describe the healing path?
h. Relate the reading to what we have covered all semester long.
This project should be no less than 15 slides plus an introductory page and a reference page. Points will be assigned based on:
Discussion of the primary themes (what do the author want you to take away with you after reading this book? Incorporating the above list) - 50% Reflection/analysis of the topic
What did you think about what you learned? How did you feel about this material? How does this material fit with what you are learning in other classes? - 25%