Criminal Justice-coas | Dispute Management
P380 | 1553 | Parnell


This course examines the processes through which individuals and
groups publicly manage and settle their conflicts and disputes.  These
processes include negotiation and mediation (a focus of the course),
as well as aviodance, arbitration, adjudication, and violence.  We
discuss the roles of communication and information in dispute
settlement processes as well as how these processes transform our
relationships and serve to educate us about ways to participate in (as
well as create) society.  We locate our discussions in real cases that
are drawn from research, the media, and our own lives.  An important
starting point in the course is learning how to talk about disputes
and develop a perspective that helps us understand the roles of
interpersonal disputes in the development of our lives and identities.
From this, and in a discussion of settlement processes, we move on to
in-class practicing of these processes (such as in-class negotiations
and practicing mediation).  The range of disputes we consider is very
broad, including those that occur among friends, in the family, course
is and among co-workers.  Finally, we consider how disputes are
related to the development of political power–the differential effects
of settlement processes on people of different identities and with
unequal access to power.

Requirements:	The grade will be based on in-class participation
which includes preparation for participating in class-organized
dispute settlement processes (50%) and several short in-class quizzes
and exercises related to course materials and discussions (50%).

Class meeting:	One 150 minute class each week. (2:30–5:00P, R, BH
006)

Readings:	To be announced.

Instructor:	Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department