Mediation - Skills and Theory (LAWS6821)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit will teach you the fundamental skills and theory of mediation. The skills component of the unit is extensive and is the reason for the limited enrolment. The unit is designed to enable interested students to progress to accreditation as mediators (additional external study with coaching and assessment will be required) and the content of the unit is designed to meet the content requirements of the National Mediator Accreditation System. In particular the content of the subject is designed to explore the competency areas required for accreditation and the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding competency framework set out in the National Mediator Accreditation Standards. However, mediation is not simply a procedural template that can be learned and applied to every dispute with benefit. It raises interesting and complex issues of theory and ethics, which will be integrated with the skills components of the unit. Issues of culture, power, mediator neutrality and ethical dilemmas for the mediator will be considered.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

Dec 2, 3 & 9, 10 (9-5)

Assessment

class and role play participation evidenced by reflective journal (formative assessment) (30%) and 5000wd essay (70%)

Textbooks

Tania Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution (4th ed) 2012 Thomson Reuters

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prohibitions

LAWS6935

Additional Information

Students enrolling in this unit need to commit themselves to attending all classes. The skills learning takes place in class and skills are built incrementally from the beginning to the end of the unit. Students cannot catch up on elements they have missed by doing reading outside class - they must participate in all scheduled sessions. If students have a problem with attendance, they should postpone enrolling or transfer to another unit by the relevant census date. This unit has a restricted class size. Enrolment applications must be received by the Law Postgraduate Team Email: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au before 15 Jan 2016. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome shortly after the closing date. Please note priority will be given to students who are (i) currently enrolled in a full award course at Sydney Law School and (ii) completing their final semester of studies. Waiting lists will be made available for the late applicants.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.