Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (On-campus split block of classes)
City (Melbourne) Term 4 2014 (On-campus split block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes and is now used around Australia in most courts and tribunals. An extensive pre-litigation scheme also exists and in some areas, parties are required to attend mediation prior to commencing litigation. Mediation is also a growing field in the international and environmental areas where facilitators use these skills to assist the creation of innovative solutions. Conflict resolution skills are increasingly required in management and business relationships, enabling the efficient and effective prevention, management and resolution of disputes and complaints.
This interactive workshop has been developed to assist students to meet part of the National Mediation Accreditation Standard requirements and provides participants with an opportunity to learn the essential negotiation, mediation and communication skills required to become a mediator.
With an emphasis on practical skills, participants are given the opportunity to practice the theory they have learnt by mediating and participating in a range of conflict scenarios. Participants are provided with individual feedback on their style and overall performance by highly qualified practitioners.
In the skills component of this unit, students will work with the mediation model and learn alternative approaches to deal with varying circumstances. Students also will investigate in greater depth theoretical issues and relevant empirical studies in mediation ethics, inter-cultural context, contingent 3rd party interventions, power and empowerment, as well as other topics.


After completing the unit students should know how to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the facilitative mediation model and the purpose of each stage in the process.
  2. Explain the different approaches to negotiation and when each might be appropriate.
  3. Demonstrate a range of skills and techniques in communication, negotiation and mediation.
  4. Reflect meaningfully on their practical experience and demonstrate an understanding of how their experience relates to conflict resolution theories.
  5. Research and critically discuss some current issues in conflict resolution and effectively present their research findings.


Reflective journal that incorporates research, set tasks and daily reflection (3,000 words): 30%
One research assignment (5,250 words): 70%

OR For students who also enrol in LAW7476 Advanced Mediation: Skills and theory B there is the option to combine the research assignments required in each of Mediation A and B (5,250 words each) and undertake one, larger research assignment (10,500 words) that will count across both subjects: 70%
Students should note that the reflective journal incorporating research, set tasks and daily reflection (3,000 words) will still be required to complete the assessment for Mediation: Skills and theory A: 30%

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Workload requirements

30 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)