Course Title: Understanding Conflict and Mediation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Conflict and Mediation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2157

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2010

HWSS2157

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Diana Johns

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9586

Course Coordinator Email:diana.johns@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: None.
Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities: Foundational knowledge of Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes


Course Description

This course considers the issue of conflict resolution and mediation in our courts and our community. Through an engagement with theory and practical workshops the course assists you to understand conflict resolution and mediation at an advanced level. A social constructionist perspective is used to develop your ability to critique western concepts of conflict resolution. You are asked to engage in depth with the most common method of dealing with formal conflict in our society mediation. You will research and consider relevant legislation and case law dealing with the practice of mediation. You will also critique a number of different models of mediation practice, including the problem-solving, storytelling, narrative and transformative models. Additionally, you will develop skills in the practice of these different models of mediation and deal with ethical dilemmas related to the practice of mediation.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the theory of conflict resolution at an advanced level,
  • critique the practice of conflict resolution, including mediation, in Australia
  • identify the legislative provisions relating to the practice of mediation and any relevant case law
  • identify various models of mediation, including the problem-solving, storytelling, narrative and transformative models of mediation
  • demonstrate skills in the practice of different models of mediation
  • critique these models, from a number of critical perspectives
  • understand the issues relating to vulnerable groups in our society, including issues arising regarding gender, class, race, ethnicity, indigenous and disability and the practice of mediation
  • evaluate a range of possible reform options and identify and reflect upon ethical dilemmas that may present in dispute resolution practice
  • demonstrate creative initiative in formulating solutions to community and legal problems



Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures/ seminars, and you will have opportunities to develop your analytical and problem solving skills individually and in groups. Your learning will be supported by constructive participation in group discussions, and through engaging with readings and class exercises.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, assignment(s), presentations, on-line participation, tests, essays and/or an exam. Assessment tasks are designed so that you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills central to the study at hand. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment