LAW5360 - Advanced conflict resolution skills - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

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

Not offered in 2018


LAW5344 Negotiation: Essential skills in dispute resolution. Applications may be accepted in exceptional circumstances from students who can demonstrate understanding of the concepts and skills covered in these courses (ie. the 7 Element theory of Principled Negotiation and its application to mediation).


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Previously coded as LAW7312


This unit offers advanced skills training in conflict resolution and the related disciplines of negotiation and mediation as they apply in the legal context. Whereas the prerequisite unit, LAW7251, canvassed the foundational insights of the Principled Negotiation and Principled Mediation models developed at the Harvard Law School, this unit extends the application of these frameworks to situations of high-level conflict and complexity and explores other models of mediation. To do this, a range of advanced-level concepts and practical tools will be introduced.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to advanced conflict resolution with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning.
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to advanced conflict resolution.
  • Conduct research in advanced conflict resolution based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to advanced conflict resolution.


Practical skills role-play (videotaped), plus a written review of assessment role-play (750 words): 30%

Group presentation: 20%

Essay (3750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements).