Negotiation and Mediation - POLI8480

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Kuzi Zigomo checkmark-circle

Overview

Canterbury:
The course provides an overview and a framework for considering the field of international conflict resolution. The students have the opportunity to explore conflict resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving, and alternative dispute resolution. The approach is interdisciplinary and juxtaposes traditional approaches in conflict management with the scientific study of conflict and cooperation. Across the term students will be exposed to a range of different theories and approaches to conflict management and be required to practically apply the course content in a number of simulations.

Brussels:
The course provides an overview and framework for considering the evolving field of international conflict resolution with an emphasis on negotiation and mediation. The module will focus primarily on the practical as well as on the theoretical aspects of negotiation and mediation, or more broadly third party intervention in conflicts. Its aims are to give the students an overview of the main problems involved in negotiation and mediation (broadly defined), but also to give them a chance to work individually and in groups on case studies and material related to the resolution of conflicts. The course is designed to introduce the students to theories of negotiation and bargaining, discuss the applicability of various tools and techniques in problem solving real cases of international conflict, and allow them to make use of such techniques in role playing and simulations.

Details

Contact hours

Canterbury:
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200

Brussels:
Contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 176
Total hours: 200

Method of assessment

Canterbury:
Essay, 4000 words, 70%
Participation in Simulations & Reflective Assignment 1500 words, 30%

Brussels:
Essay 1, 2,000 words (20%)
Essay 2, 4,000-5,000 words (80%)

Indicative reading

Canterbury:
Fisher, R. W.L. Ury, & B. Patton. (2012). Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, 2nd Edition. New York: Penguin Books.
Ramsbotham, Miall, H, & T. Woodhouse. (2016). Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, Cambridge: Polity. (4th Edition).
Beardsley, K. (2011). The Mediation Dilemma, Cornell: Cornell University Press.
Diehl, P & M. Grieg. (2012). International Mediation, London: Polity.
Starkey, B. M.A. Boyer & J. Wilkenfeld. (2005). Negotiating a Complex World: an Introduction to International Negotiation, 2nd edition, Boulder: Rowmand & Littlefield Publishers.
Crocker. C.A. et al. (eds) (2006). Herding Cats, Washington, D.C.; United States Institute of Peace Press.
Bercovitch, J.(ed) (1996). Resolving International Conflicts: The Theory and Practice of Mediation, Washington DC:Lynne Rienner.
Zartman, W. I. (ed). (2007). Peacemaking in International Conflict: Methods and Techniques, Washington DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press.

Brussels:
Carlsnaes, Walter, Thomas Risse, and Beth A Simmons, eds. 2002. Handbook of International Relations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE
Hugh Miall, Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse (2005). Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, Cambridge: Polity.
Thomas Schelling. (1960). The Strategy of Conflict. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Azar, Edward E. The Management of Protracted Social Conflict: Theory and Cases. Bookfield, VT: Gower Pub. Co., 1990. Thomas Princen (1992) Intermediaries in International Conflict. Princeton University Press.
I. William Zartman and J. Lewis Rasmussen, eds. (1997). Peacemaking in International Conflict: Methods and Techniques, U.S. Institute of Peace Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

At Canterbury, on successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand and critically evaluate key historical and theoretical issues in the field of conflict resolution
Gain knowledge of the main theoretical schools that study mediation and negotiation
Understand and evaluate the main concepts and techniques used in bilateral and multilateral negotiation as well as in mediation, the most common form of conflict management and resolution
Experience the practice of negotiation and mediation through a series of practical exercises conducted throughout the module
Gain a critical understanding of the applied methodological and epistemological methods in the field of conflict resolution
Critically analyse historical and current cases of conflict management and transformation

At Brussels, on successfully completing the module students will be able to:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Understand key historical and theoretical issues in the field of conflict resolution
Have some familiarity with the main theoretical schools that study mediation and negotiation
Understand the main concepts and techniques used in bilateral and multilateral negotiation as well as in mediation, the most common form of conflict management and resolution
Experience the practice of negotiation and mediation through a series of practical exercises conducted throughout the module
Gain familiarity with the applied methodological and epistemological methods in the field of conflict resolution
Critically analyse historical and current cases of conflict management and transformation

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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