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Theory And Principles Of Conflict Resolution

Introductory, theories, ADR, mediation

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2011
ApprovedMarch 2013
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Aims of Module

Develop a critical understanding of the range of theoretical sources underpinning conflict resolution
Understand theory and application of ADR with a particular focus on mediation

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the sources of conflict resolution and mediation
2. Analyse a conflict situation
3. Demonstrate familiarity with the principal critiques of mediation

Indicative Module Content

This course introduces the ‘Three Pillars of Conflict Resolution’: conflict theory, communication practices and paths to resolution. It examines in detail the theoretical underpinnings of conflict resolution and mediation, including conflict studies, psychological theories, therapeutic approaches and negotiation theory. It introduces students to conflict analysis and offers the opportunity to analyse conflicts at a personal, local and international level. Students will consider prominent critiques of mediation from, among others, feminist, social justice and critical legal studies perspectives.

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Mode of Delivery

This module is primarily taught online although some of the teaching and preparation for the assessment will be partly carried out at on-campus sessions with the students.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

This will take the form of an essay (approx 3000 words) which deals with the broad aspects of mediation identified in the indicative content.

Indicative Bibliography

1.ABEL, R.L., 1982. <I>The politics of informal justice, Volume 1: The American experience.</I> New York: Academic Press
2.BROWN, H.J. and MARRIOT, A.L., 2011. <I>ADR principles and practice.</I> 3rd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
3.DANA, D., 2001. <I>Conflict resolution media tools for everyday worklife</I>. New York: McGraw Hill <I>ebook</I>
4.DEUTSCH, M., COLEMAN, P. and MARCUS, E., 2006. The handbook of conflict resolution: theory and practice. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ebook
5.FISHER, R. and URY, W., 2011. Getting to yes: negotiating agreements without giving in. 3rd ed. New York: Penguin
6.MANTLE, M., 2011. <I>Mediation: a practical guide for lawyers.</I> Dundee: Dundee University Press
7.ROBERTS, S. and PALMER, M., 2005. <I>Dispute processes: ADR and the primary forms of decision-making.</I> 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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