Courses: Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution


Course Details:
This course provides an opportunity for creative and critical examination of your dispute resolution beliefs, skills and practices, and further refinement of those skills. Mastering dispute resolution skills requires the ability to use skills and processes contextually - to adapt them as needed to different circumstances. Underlying any process of dispute resolution are assumptions about how human beings understand conflict, why they get involved in disputes, the types of behaviours and communication styles humans engage in and the meanings of resolution. Understanding these assumptions enables learners to assess when adaptations may be needed to meet particular circumstances, and what the disparate effects of particular processes might be on particular disputants. Course topics include: what is theory; theories of conflict; culture and conflict, worldview and dispute resolution; and meanings of resolution. On-line course methodology includes a series of readings, exercises, and group discussions (there are no mandatory synchronous components). The course is highly participatory and you will be expected to engage fully in exercises, consultations and assignments.

Course Code: CRES-1150
Department: Centre for Conflict Resolution
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