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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Summer semester A 2011 (On-campus block of classes)


Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes and is now used around Australia in most courts and tribunals. An extensive pre-litigation scheme also exists and in some areas, parties are required to attend mediation prior to commencing litigation. Mediation is also a growing field in the international and environmental areas where facilitators use these skills to assist the creation of innovative solutions. Conflict resolution skills are increasingly required in management and business relationships, enabling the efficient and effective prevention, management and resolution of disputes and complaints.
This interactive workshop has been developed to assist students to meet part of the National Mediation Accreditation Standard requirements and provides participants with an opportunity to learn the essential negotiation, mediation and communication skills required to become a mediator.
With an emphasis on practical skills, participants are given the opportunity to practice the theory they have learnt by mediating and participating in a range of conflict scenarios. Participants are provided with individual feedback on their style and overall performance by highly qualified practitioners.
In the skills component of this unit, students will work with the mediation model and learn alternative approaches to deal with varying circumstances. Students also will investigate in greater depth theoretical issues and relevant empirical studies in mediation ethics, inter-cultural context, contingent 3rd party interventions, power and empowerment, as well as other topics


After completing the unit students should know how to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the facilitative mediation model and the purpose of each stage in the process.
  2. Explain the different approaches to negotiation and when each might be appropriate.
  3. Demonstrate a range of skills and techniques in communication, negotiation and mediation.
  4. Reflect meaningfully on their practical experience and demonstrate an understanding of how their experience relates to conflict resolution theories.
  5. Research and critically discuss some current issues in conflict resolution and effectively present their research findings


One research assignment (5,250 words): 70%
Reflective journal that incorporates research, set tasks and daily reflection (2,250words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tania Sourdin

Contact hours

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