Negotiation and Mediation - POLI8480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Kuzi Zigomo checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
MA International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Optional to all students on MA courses within the School of Politics and International Relations.

Method of assessment

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

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1 Understand and critically evaluate key historical and theoretical issues in the field of conflict resolution
2 Gain knowledge of the main theoretical schools that study mediation and negotiation
3 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
4 Experience the practice of negotiation and mediation through a series of practical exercises conducted throughout the module
5 Gain a critical understanding of the applied methodological and epistemological methods in the field of conflict resolution
6 Critically analyse historical and current cases of conflict management and transformation
7 Engage critically with the conflict resolution process, in particular negotiation and mediation, including the vocabulary, concepts, theories and methods of conflict resolution.


  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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