This course considers the nature of conflict and involves the study of theory and methods of dispute resolution as well as the practice of skills such as active listening, reflecting, summarising, reframing, appropriate questioning and empathy.
The course is taught in an intensive workshop format and involves lectures, discussion and debate and practical exercises and simulations. An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged, along with critical evaluation of the issues and developments in dispute management in Australia.
Students will develop awareness of their own conflict resolution style, strengths, and areas for improvement as well as the impact of culture and the values and attitudes that we all bring to the resolution of conflict and disputes.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
- Identify and explain to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the nature of conflict and the role of conflict in society and within organizations;
- Understand and explain how disputes arise and different levels of conflict;
- Identify and analyse the sources of conflict in a given situation and determine the most suitable dispute resolution method for dealing with it;
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding to distinguish different methods of resolving disputes including facilitative, advisory and determinative processes and understand the theoretical basis for the various approaches;
- Identify and critically examine ethical issues facing dispute resolution professionals and others involved in dispute management;
- Identify, practise and continue to develop and apply the interpersonal skills necessary for the successful resolution of disputes;
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and be able to implement, and comply with, standards applicable to various dispute resolution processes;
- Identify and explain and the former NADRAC recommendations regarding Managing Disputes in Federal Government Agencies, developing Dispute Management Plans and the National Principles for Resolving Disputes;
- Identify, analyse and critically examine recent and ongoing development in options and approaches to resolving disputes; and
- Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and an understanding of the legal frameworks associated with dispute resolution processes.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment for this course will likely consist of:
- Class participation (10%) – all learning outcomes
- Reflective Learning Journal (20%) – all learning outcomes
- Research Essay ( 5,500 words) (75%) – any one or more of 1-5 and 7-10, depending on the topic chosen
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is:
- Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution (Lawbook Co. Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 4th Ed)
- Astor and Chinkin, Dispute Resolution in Australia, Butterworths, 2nd ed pg 125-134
- Dispute Resolution Terms Sept 2003
- Managing Disputes in Federal Government Agencies: Essential Elements of a Dispute Management Plan September 2010
- National Principles for Resolving Disputes and Supporting Guide April 2011
- Your guide to Dispute Resolution July 2012
- National Mediator Approval and Practice Standards (see www.msb.org.au)
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1330||20 Feb 2017||20 Feb 2017||03 Mar 2017||06 Apr 2017||In Person||N/A|