• Offered by Faculty of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2014
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This course will cover the following content:

  • definition and introduction to the theory of dispute management and to the resolution processes
  • the history of dispute management and the resolution processes in Australia and overseas
  • Philosophy and approach within the processes
  • comparison of the processes including the advantages and disadvantages of each process
  • present use of the processes in Australia
  • current issues
  • basic skills in: conflict management and the influence of values, biases and learned behaviours; communication - especially listening; consensual and non-consensual process skills
  • understanding people and their reactions to conflict and the processes - including cross-cultural and societal influences
  • ethical issues in dispute management and resolution.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:
  • understand the role of conflict in society and within an organisation.
  • understand how disputes arise and different levels of conflict
  • be able to analyse the sources of conflict in a given situation and determine the most suitable      dispute resolution method for dealing with it.
  • gain knowledge of different methods of resolving disputes including facilitative, advisory and determinative processes and understand the theoretical basis for the various approaches.
  • understand the ethical issues facing dispute resolution professionals and others involved in dispute management
  • have practised and begun to develop the interpersonal skills necessary for the successful resolution of disputes
  • gain knowledge of standards applying to various dispute resolution processes
  • have an awareness of NADRAC recommendations regarding Managing Disputes in Federal Government Agencies, developing Dispute Management Plans and the National Principles for Resolving Disputes
  • gain knowledge around recent and ongoing development in options and approaches to resolving disputes.

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

The assessment will likely consist of:
  1. Reflective Learning Journal (20%, 2000 wds)
  2. Research Essay (80%, 6000 wds)

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days)

2014 Intensive dates: 3-6 February

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying in one of the following programs; Master of Laws (7300) Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) Graduate Diploma in Law (6300) OR you must be studying one of the following programs; Master of Legal Studies (7305) Master of Environmental Law (7309) Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313) Master of International Law (7310) Master of Law, Governance and Development (7317) Master of International Security Law (7318) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893) Graduate Diploma in Law, Governance and Development (6317) Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (6305) Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (6309) Graduate Diploma in Government and Commercial Law (6313) Graduate Diploma in International Law (6310) Graduate Diploma in International Security Law (6318) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (6303) Graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (6351) AND have successfully completed LAWS8015 OR you must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330) and have completed 30 units of 1000 level law (LAWS) courses.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution (Lawbook Co. Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 4th Ed)

Preliminary Reading

The Course Outline with reading materials will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Non-lawyers must have completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1429 06 Feb 2014 06 Feb 2014 14 Feb 2014 20 Mar 2014 In Person N/A

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