Mediation And Conflict Resolution – com470 (3 credits)
Communication is the foundation upon which mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution are based. This course starts with an examination of the theoretical basis for ADR in light of communication theory. Then it focuses upon the effective application of theory and practice to achieve meaningful results and to managing conflict in the future.
Application of Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques
Evaluate strategic thinking necessary to avoid the need for ADR.
Apply the use of ADR in social, business, and global contexts.
Approaches to Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
Summarize the nature of conflict.
Explain the interaction of interests, goals, and power.
Assess the structure and styles of conflict.
Analyze the various means of conflict intervention.
Critique the nature of dispute resolution processes.
Evaluate the various approaches to conflict diagnosis.
Steps in Conflict Diagnosis
Summarize conflict description, source identification, and interest analysis.
Explain conflict characterization, levels of trust, and impediments to resolving the conflict.
Assess negotiation styles, alternatives to negotiated agreements, and the impact of diversity issues.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes
Analyze mediation as an alternative.
Critique the mediation process and legal considerations.
Evaluate arbitration and nonbinding evaluation.
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