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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the theory, practice, principles and skills of facilitative mediation. The overall objectives are to train students to the standard required for National Mediation Accreditation (NMAS). The unit is conducted using lectures and experiential exercises to embed the course content into practice.

Students are able to (1) understand the theory underpinning the practice of facilitative mediation; (2) conduct a facilitative mediation process to NMAS standard; (3) diagnose the mediation process as it applies to different conflicts and disputes; and (4) reflect upon their own practice and experience of mediation.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the theories of facilitative mediation; (2) demonstrate the ability to conduct themselves ethically and professionally in mediation scenarios; (3) demonstrate the ability to (a) understand the causes and dynamics of conflict; (b) identify the utility of different applied techniques in mediation; and (c) develop and apply professional skills in conducting facilitative mediation; (4) demonstrate (a) the ability to function in a group setting; (b) critical reflection skills; and (c) working with specific skills in mediation; and (5) demonstrate an ability to work with autonomy and professionalism.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective practice journal; (2) daily participation and preparation; (3) assignment; and (4) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jill Howieson
Unit rules
Successful completion of
20820 Juris Doctor
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution
and 54 points LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4103 Contract
, LAWS4104 Property
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4107 Land Law
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation

, LAWS5101 Constitutional Law
, LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
, LAWS5104 Corporations Law
, LAWS5105 Remedies )
Approved quota: 36—first come, first served basis.
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 15-19 July 2024. Refer to the timetable for exact class times.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.