SOk750 Mediation and probation

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/1.2/1.2. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. et Mgr. Ondřej Ipser (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Gulová, Ph.D.
Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Dana Jakubjanská, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
The course is part of the bachelor's study field of Social Pedagogy, Profiling of Social Pathology and Prevention. Prerequisite for enrollment is the fulfillment of previous subjects within profiling.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/50, only registered: 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
1. Students will receive basic knowledge about theoretical foundations, principles and goals of applying probation and mediation in criminal justice.
2. Student will understand the current state of applying alternative resolutions of criminal cases in practice with the emphasis on specifics of social work in criminal justice.
3. Students will be able to resolve independently specific cases using the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure
Learning outcomes
Students will get acquainted with the definitions, principles and application of restorative justice. Students will learn what probation activity entails. Students will get acquainted with the process of victimization.
  • 1. Overview of the history of punishment European prison systems and reasons for searching for new forms of societies’ responses to criminality. Comparing retributive and restorative justice concepts Explanation of the terms probation and mediation.
  • 2. The Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic – the foundation, historical development, set-up. Clients – offenders and victims. Cooperating institutions Act 257/2000 Coll. about the Probation and Mediations Service. Historical development of the probation service system in the Czech Republic.
  • 3. Activities of the Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic within criminal proceedings. Mediation as a general method of conflict resolution. Mediation as an alternative way of achieving criminal justice. International comparison of mediation models.
  • 4. Applying mediation in the activities of the Probation and Mediation. Service of the Czech Republic – principles, rules, methodologies. The influence of mediation on criminal proceedings. Other activities of the Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic during pre-trial proceedings.
  • 5. Community service order as a community sanction Legislation, methodologies, specifics of community service order. Current situation in applying community service order in practice. Statistics.
  • 6. Probation supervision as an example of a long-term cooperation with a client. Legislation, methodologies, specifics of probation supervision. Evaluation of applying probation supervision in practice.
  • 7. Parole – preparing information/resources for parole release from prison sentence. Cooperation between the Probation and Mediation Service of the Czech Republic and the Prison Service of the Czech Republic. Methodologies, statistics.
  • 8. Main characteristics of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency in statistics Act 218/2003 Coll. – Juvenile. Criminal Law.
  • 9. Experience with applying the Juvenile Criminal Law. Specifics of working with juvenile delinquents and minors. Probation programs for juvenile delinquents.
  • 10. Changes in the activities of the Probation and Mediation Service in relation to the new Criminal Code applicable from January 1, 2010. Alternative punishment of home detention. Alternative punishment of a ban on participating in sport, cultural and other social events.
  • 11. Victims – special type of social. Work in criminal justice.
  • 12. Work with casuistries.
  • Šachová Masopust, P.: Smysl a účel trestu a rozsah zadostiučinění v trestním řízení z pohledu restorativní justice. Brno: Právnická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity, 2017.
  • VELIKOVSKÁ, Martina. Psychologie obětí trestných činů : proces viktimizace, status oběti a jeho význam, prevence a vyrovnávání se s viktimizací, reálné případy z policejní praxe. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada. 168 stran. ISBN 9788024748498. 2016. URL info
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila. Viktimologie pro forenzní praxi. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál. 158 s. ISBN 9788026205821. 2014. info
  • Probace a mediace : možnosti řešení trestných činů. Edited by Pavel Štern - Lenka Ouředníčková - Dagmar Doubravová. Vydání první. Praha: Portál. 212 stran. ISBN 9788073677572. 2010. info
  • TOMÁŠEK, Jan. Úvod do kriminologie : jak studovat zločin. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada. 214 s. ISBN 9788024729824. 2010. URL info
  • ČÍRTKOVÁ, Ludmila and Petra VITOUŠOVÁ. Pomoc obětem (a svědkům) trestných činů : příručka pro pomáhající profese. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada. 191 s. ISBN 9788024720142. 2007. info
  • ZEHR, Howard. Úvod do restorativní justice. Praha: Sdružení pro probaci a mediaci v justici. 48 s. ISBN 8090299814. 2003. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, readings, case studies
Assessment methods
Students will write a test at the end of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
General note: Předmět je povinnou součástí profilace Sociální prevence a resocializace.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 14 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022.
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