Negotiation and Mediation - POLI8480

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
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

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

Method of assessment

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

Reassessment: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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


  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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