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Unit of Study LEGL2018 - Mediating Across Cultures (2021)

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

describe and explain the concepts relevant in this area, including alternative dispute resolution, mediation, culture, multiculturalism, race, racism, low context and high context cultures, inter-cultural conflict and intra-cultural conflict;

critically reflect on their own cultural background and how this impacts on their attitudes and behaviours when involved in a mediation process;

describe culture as a way of life of a particular group of people and explain how this understanding of culture encapsulates 'difference' in gender, age, socio-economic status, disability, sexuality, as well as race and ethnicity;

explain the significance of 'difference' when mediating disputes;

identify different cultural groups and the issues facing these groups when attempting to resolve conflict, and demonstrate the skills and ability to assist people from different cultural groups in resolving conflict;

critically analyse whether mediation is presently fair to traditionally disadvantaged groups, oppressed and minority groups;

identify and evaluate mediation services available in Australia to resolve inter-cultural conflict; and demonstrate the skills and ability to undertake a research project in an area covered in this unit.