Negotiation and Dispute Resolution - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment (10%) , Assignment 1 (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit provides a theoretical and practical introduction to various dispute resolution processes. It will provide an introduction to the principles of dispute management and resolution used by lawyers, with particular emphasis on negotiation, mediation and litigation. Issues, such as communication techniques, conflict escalation, competitive versus cooperative approaches, and non-adversarial practice will be discussed. The course assists in the development of reflective practice and self-management.

This unit includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

You will be required to attend a compulsory weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Session 3:

  • Saturday 6 January 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 7 January 10am - 4pm

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of negotiation and dispute resolution including options such as mediation, conciliation, arbitration, collaborative law and restorative justice conferences and related ethical concerns
  2. analyse and research complex problems relating to dispute resolution and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  3. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with communication skill exercises and dispute resolution simulations
  4. demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context and reflect on and assess your own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
  • Assessment (10%)
  • Assignment 1 (45%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (45%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Some on campus attendance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Negotiation and Dispute Resolution The Nature of Conflict Reflective and contemplative practice in law
2Lawyers as Dispute Resolution managers Dispute Resolution in Australia Conciliation and arbitration
3Essential Communication Skills Negotiation (Introduction)
5Mediation Facilitative Evaluative Emotion in Conflict Emotional Intelligence Lawyers and Mediation (cont.)
6Mediation Facilitative Evaluative Emotion in Conflict Emotional Intelligence Lawyers and Mediation (cont.)
7Mediation Facilitative Evaluative Emotion in Conflict Emotional Intelligence Lawyers and Mediation (cont.)
8Mediation Facilitative Evaluative Emotion in Conflict Emotional Intelligence Lawyers and Mediation (cont.)
9Legal Issues in Mediation
10Identity, Power, Culture and Neutrality in ADR Transformative and Narrative Mediation
11Non-adversarial Practice Collaborative Law Lawyer Ethics
12Restorative Justice and Procedural Justice

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Conflict Management : A Practical Guide, 5th edition

    By:Condliffe, P

    ISBN: 9780409342956


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