Conflict Management Courses

Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy (2)
Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy examines the dynamics, constraints and skills needed in the negotiation process. It focuses equally on using negotiation in business planning and in conflict management. Theories of negotiation are examined through current literature and specific techniques are taught through simulation exercises. The course content is drawn from the fields of law, psychology, business and communication. Students learn about theories of negotiation and themselves as negotiators.

Mediation (2)
This course explores the dynamics, benefits, constraints and skills needed in third-party intervention in the settlement of disputes. It examines mediation as a collaborative process of resolving conflict and considers legislative, ethical and practical limits on its use. Through discussions, simulations and case studies, the course focuses on the skills a mediator must have to facilitate a constructive resolution of conflict.

Arbitration (2)
This course is an introduction to arbitration emphasizing skills necessary for the process to function well. Course work will focus on the many applications of arbitration, including its use in labor, medical malpractice, construction, securities, and commercial matters. Students will participate in simulated exercises in the role of advocates and arbitrators. Discussion topics will include judicial review, enforcement of arbitration awards and the application of the arbitration process to the public and private sectors.

Cross-Cultural Negotiations and Conflict Management (2)
This course surveys the impact cultural differences have on conflict management processes. It integrates theories of conflict management with an analysis of cultural differences in language, customs, values and world views. The course surveys the impact culture has on a variety of conflict management processes including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Particular focus is placed on cross-cultural negotiations and mediations. The course will equip students with an analytical framework with which they may evaluate and use conflict management processes involving individuals from different cultures.

Theory Courses

BA 366 Organizational Behavior (3)
An integrated and interdisciplinary study of behavioral science for management. The course attempts to integrate the psychological and sociological aspects of human behavior as they relate to management. Focus is on individual, group, and organizational behavior. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, reward systems, organizational structure, and managing conflict and change.

COM 519 Communication and Conflict (3)
Designed to explore problems involving intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. Emphasis will be placed on social, cultural, psychological and political conflicts and breakdowns; organizational barriers to communication; and conflict resolution.

POSC 526 Jurisprudence and the Judicial Process (4)
Principles of legal decisions and opinions, with study of selected cases in American and English law. Analysis of judicial decision making and development of public policy through the judicial process.

PSYC 333 Social Psychology (3)
The course examines the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people. Topics include: perceiving other people and events, attitude formation and change, social interactions and relationships, and helping and hurting others.

REL 524 Christian Ethics (4)
A study of the sources for Christian ethics and different models for applying these to current ethical problems.  Special attention is given to (1) a reconstruction of the ethic of the historical Jesus; (2) a comparison of Protestant and Catholic ethical models, (3) a comparison of individual and social models, and (4) unique ethical problems of the 20th century.