Negotiation and Dispute Resolution - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assessment (10%) , Assignment 1 (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

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 other alternative dispute resolution options. Issues, such as communication techniques, conflict escalation, competitive versus cooperative approaches, and non-adversarial practice will be discussed. The unit assists in the development of reflective practice and self-management. This unit is designed as an integration of work-based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). It will allow you to solve authentic workplace problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

This unit requires students to participate in mock trials in Melbourne. Dates will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one weekend.

On successful completion of this course 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
  • Broadband access
  • 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 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.
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