Surveys the basic practical and theoretical foundations of conflict and conflict resolution. Introduces students to the basic theories and practices of conflict resolution providing them with a grounding in theories of conflict, their application, the dynamics of conflict and an overview of key conflict resolution processes. Students learn to understand their own conflicts and how the theories, skills and practices of conflict resolution can make conflict productive. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
Examines a variety of case studies that analyze the dynamics and variables that lead to the generation, escalation and de-escalation of complex social conflicts. Explores a variety of theoretical and practical ways to solve difficult disputes. Role-plays, guest resource persons and a final class project will serve to develop these practical and analytical skills. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Seeks answers to questions about why humans use violence to resolve conflict and what social forces produce conflict in families, ethnic and racial groups, economic groups and nation states. Explores nature and practice of nonviolent conflict resolution. Cross-listed with SOCI 225. May not receive credit for both CADR 225 and SOCI 225. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
Examines the root cause of social conflict from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Conflict analysis is examined using psychological, sociological, anthropological, political and internal national relations perspectives. Identifies various factors, variables and social dynamics that often signal the onset of social conflict. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Focuses on the variety of root sources of conflict between nation states. Underscores the early detection and successful prevention of large-scale acts of aggression and violence between nation states. Case studies will be employed to understand and explain these international disputes. Some key players in these conflicts will serve as resource persons for class. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Culture and its impact on the interactions of individuals and groups is the core concern of this course. The norms, roles, values, beliefs and traditions of various ethnic and racial groups are primordial to an understanding of why there is conflict among groups. This class emphasizes cultural awareness as a means of more fully understanding the dynamics of controversies among different groups and examines a variety of “rational” systems, belief and value structures that directly clash with those of neighboring groups. Three hours per week with enhancement.
STUDIES IN CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Selected areas of study within varied subfields of conflict analysis and dispute resolution. Course may be taken three times under different subtitles. Three hours per week with enhancement. Meets General Education IIIB or IIIC (Prior to Fall 2008: IIB).
Advanced training in social science research methods. Emphasis on data analysis, including organization of data for computer processing, hypothesis testing and simple casual modeling. Cross-listed with SOCI 310. Cannot receive credit for both CADR 310 and SOCI 310. Prerequisite: CADR/SOCI 309. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
Introduction to qualitative and quantitative social research methods. Emphasis on research design, question formulation, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, data analysis, computer processing and practical research activity. Three one-hour lectures, one two-hour laboratory per week.
Provides a supervised and mentored experience practicing conflict resolution in local, regional, national or international organizations. Students are required to design their own practicum experience with the assistance of conflict analysis and dispute resolution faculty in order to best suit their particular interests, career goals and aspirations. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and junior standing are required to register for the course. Must apply for the practicum experience the semester before registering for the class. May be taken twice for credit with a maximum of 4 credits toward the CADR major. Two or Three hours per week with enhancement.
Examines the practical and theoretical approaches to diagnosing and solving complex organizational conflict. Students will learn how to conduct needs assessment, a variety of organizational analysis techniques and how to construct an internal dispute resolution system for organizations within the private and public sector. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Environmental conflict is the major problem facing most civilizations in the 21st century. This course provides a systems approach to the examination of the sources of environmental conflict as well as various ways to reach resolution. The core challenge is to balance basic human needs while effectively protecting, preserving or conserving vital parts of the physical and biological environment. This course presents a number of conflict intervention models and techniques. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Business conflict can not only hurt profits but personal and professional relationships and, if left unchecked, can impact large groups of people outside the business setting. Conflict management techniques and processes are presented so that students will know how to more effectively manage conflict at an interpersonal level before they escalate into a scenario that requires more people to become involved and further drain business resources. Case studies, simulations and role-plays are used to teach conflict resolution skills that serve to prevent and manage conflicts from becoming destructive. Students will also learn how to become more effective negotiators through the use of interest-based tactics and strategies. Three hours per week with enhancement.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Presents communication and problem solving theories relevant to conflict analysis and intervention. Focuses primarily on the human and emotional aspects of conflict and is highly pragmatic in nature focusing on communication and conflict resolution skills and models in a practice-based approach. May be taken twice under different subtitles. Prerequisites: CADR 200. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Enables advanced students to pursue individualized work through field study or other projects of their own choosing, under the direction of a faculty member. Students may use the resources available at the Center for Conflict Resolution to become involved in on-going projects. May be repeated for a maximum of eight credits with faculty approval. Prerequisites: CADR 200, major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution, and permission of instructor. One to three hours per week with enhancement.
Advanced students pursue their own research project under the direction of a faculty member or assist a faculty member in a research project. Involves both archival and qualitative and/or quantitative social science research. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with faculty approval. Prerequisites: CADR 200, CADR/SOCI 321, major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution, and permission of instructor. Three hours per week with enhancement.
Introduction to the various practices, history and formative theories of the field; basic analytical and conceptual frameworks; and how theory and practice reinforce each other. Explores how values and worldviews shape practices, and will include reflective exercises to identify individual styles, value sets and approaches to conflict and intervention. Three hours per week.
PROBLEM SOLVING, NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Explores basic negotiation and problem-solving theory and practice from basic two-party, one-issue disputes to more complex cases requiring additional intervention skills. Familiarizes students with the negotiation process, provides experience with conflict analysis and assessment; examines issues of effective data gathering, identification of stakeholders, and getting people to the negotiation table; and reviews the process of assessment as it relates to selecting appropriate conflict resolution practices. Three hours per week.
STRUCTURAL AND SYSTEMIC CONFLICT AND DISPUTE SYSTEMS
Examines the hidden sources of conflicts that are often embedded in social, legal, political and organizational structures and systems. Emphasizes rules, regulations, roles, contractual obligations, laws, informal agreements and other ties that bind people together to create conflict among individuals and groups. Examines organizations, institutions or governments for root causes of conflict. Three hours per week.
Engages students in the major debates and nuances of practice in the field, specifically focusing on the interpersonal level of intervention. Distinctions will be made concerning various mediation styles and various schools of thought on how and when to intervene in a case. Students will create models of practice from a wide range of process skills and approaches and will apply process and analytical knowledge to cases possessing various levels of complexity. Prerequisite: CADR 510. Three hours per week.
Explores various research methods for collecting, tracking, managing, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. Course includes a research project that employs various forms of data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: CADR 500. Three hours per week.
Explores the complexities of large group interventions including organizational, intergroup and international work. Topics include large group consensus processes, multi-party arbitration, negotiated rulemaking, external dynamics, engaging multiple levels of government and community, working internationally, and dealing with the media. Prerequisites: CADR 500 and CADR 510. Three hours per week.
Examines services provided by conflict resolution practitioners. Topics include constructing training workshops, coordinating programs for local organizations, and addressing professional development issues such as self marketing, developing and presenting conflict intervention products, developing and maintaining a client base, and writing reports and evaluations. Prerequisite: CADR 500. Three hours per week.
An intensive, semester-long practicum, focused on practical field-based experiential learning. An academic program coordinator will assist in developing a practicum site and project. The course requires an average of five-six hours per week throughout the semester in addition to the time reserved for classroom activity, reading, and research for the final project. Prerequisites: CADR 500 and CADR 520. Five to six hours per week.
An advanced self-guided practicum. Students may continue their practicum experience in CADR 640 or create a new practicum experience with faculty approval. The course will require an average of five-six hours per week throughout the semester in addition to the time reserved for classroom activity, reading, and research for the final product. Prerequisite: CADR 640. Five-six hours per week.
A seminar that assists with the thesis process which leads to a project of publishable quality. Opportunities for peer review and establishing incremental goals are available in this course. Students wishing to conduct a thesis must make this known in their first year of study and must complete and publicly present their thesis prior to the end of their final semester. Prerequisite: CADR 550 and permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
A seminar that helps execute a professional development project. Opportunities for peer review and establishing incremental goals are available in this course. Students wishing to execute a professional development project must make this known in their first year of study and must complete and publicly present their project prior to the end of their final semester. Prerequisite: CADR 610 and permission of instructor. Three hours per week.