• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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:

  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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]
  2. Reflective Learning Journal (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]
  3. Research Essay ( 5,500 words) (75) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10]

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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), 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 Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law 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

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.


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:
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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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