LAW5412 - Advanced mediation: Skills and theory B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Ms Naomi Burstyner

Quota applies

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

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


LAW5411 Advanced mediation: skills and theory A


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Previously coded as LAW7476


This unit builds on the skills developed in LAW5411 and focuses on refining and assessing those skills. It will also develop and extend research work that is focused in the core competency areas. Students will refine their skills by participating in a range of conflict scenarios and will engage in additional ethical issue work. Students will also investigate further ethical and theoretical issues, relevant empirical studies in mediation ethics, inter-cultural contexts, contingent 3rd party interventions and issue of power and empowerment. Students will be provided with individual feedback on their style and overall performance by highly qualified practitioners.

This interactive workshop has been developed to assist students to meet part of the National Mediation Accreditation Standard requirements and provides an opportunity for students to be tested and assessed in accordance with the National Mediation Accreditation Standards.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge and understanding of the facilitative mediation model and the purpose of each stage in the process, with creativity and initiative, to new situations in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to explain the different approaches to negotiation and when each might be appropriate.
  • Investigate, analyse and reflect meaningfully on complex information and problems in relation to the facilitative mediation model.
  • Demonstrate a range of skills and techniques in communication, negotiation and mediation.
  • Conduct research in current issues in 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 the facilitative mediation model.


One research assignment (5,250 words): 70%

Practical exam assesment of mediation (at least 90 minutes) :15%

Oral presentation of research (30 minutes): 15% OR

For students who also enrol in LAW5411 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory A 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%

Workload requirements

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