Criminal Justice-COAS | Dispute Management
P380 | 2934 | 0001 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 avoidance, 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, and
among coworkers.  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 participating in class-organized dispute settlement
processes; two three-page papers about topics in the readings; and
the keeping of a dispute diary.

Class meeting:  MW 9:30-10:45

Readings:  To be announced.

Instructor:  Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department