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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

School/College

School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Examines the theory and applications of conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution. Students will be required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the major theories and approaches to mediation, conflict, negotiation, resolution and reconciliation.

Unit content

Topic 1: Dispute resolution 
Topic 2: Negotiation 
Topic 3: Factors which affect the negotiation process 
Topic 4: Mediation models 
Topic 5: Basic mediation skills 
Topic 6: Introduction to mediation theory and practice 
Topic 7: The intake procedure 
Topic 8: Qualities of an effective mediator

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 outline the major approaches to conflict resolution; Knowledge of a discipline
2 determine which method of dispute resolution is appropriate to selected types of conflict situations; Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
3 recognise and apply a number of strategies for overcoming negotiation barriers; Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate the basic skills of a mediator; Knowledge of a discipline
5 demonstrate the ethical and legal requirements of a mediator. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. outline the major approaches to conflict resolution;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. determine which method of dispute resolution is appropriate to selected types of conflict situations;
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. recognise and apply a number of strategies for overcoming negotiation barriers;
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate the basic skills of a mediator;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate the ethical and legal requirements of a mediator.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Boulle, L, 2011, Mediation: Principles, Process, Practice, 3rd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.