• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Franca Petrone
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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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.

 

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. Identify and explain to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the nature of conflict and the role of conflict in society and within organizations;
  2. Understand and explain how disputes arise and different levels of conflict;
  3. Identify and analyse the sources of conflict in a given situation and determine the most suitable dispute resolution method for dealing with it;
  4. 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;
  5. Identify and critically examine ethical issues facing dispute resolution professionals and others involved in dispute management;
  6. Identify, practise and continue to develop and apply the interpersonal skills necessary for the successful resolution of disputes;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of, and be able to implement, and comply with, standards applicable to various dispute resolution processes;
  8. 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;
  9. Identify, analyse and critically examine recent and ongoing development in options and approaches to resolving disputes; and
  10. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and an understanding of the legal frameworks associated with dispute resolution processes.

Other Information

This 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 Assessment

Assessment for this course will likely consist of:
  1. Class participation (10%) – all learning outcomes
  2. Reflective Learning Journal (20%) – all learning outcomes
  3. Research Essay ( 5,500 words) (75%) – any one or more of 1-5 and 7-10, depending on the topic chosen
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.

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Workload

26 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

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893MDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact College for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

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

Preliminary Reading

  • Astor and Chinkin, Dispute Resolution in Australia, Butterworths, 2nd ed pg 125-134
Publications by former NADRAC below:
  • 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 Knowledge

Students without an Australian law degree must have completed LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6893 06 Jul 2018 06 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 21 Aug 2018 In Person N/A

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