LAWS5158 Negotiation and Mediation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to the principles of interest-based negotiation and mediation. The overall objectives are to give students familiarity with the processes of interest-based negotiation and mediation, fundamental skills in using them and an understanding of how to apply the skills in practice. The unit is conducted using lectures and experiential exercises to give students an understanding of the theory of negotiation and mediation, and to give them an opportunity to learn and practice the skills of each process.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the theories of interest-based negotiation and facilitative mediation; (2) demonstrate the ability to conduct themselves ethically and professionally in a dispute resolution scenario with mock clients; (3) demonstrate the ability to (a) understand causes and dynamics of conflict; (b) identify the utility of different applied techniques in negotiation and mediation; and (c) develop and apply professional skills in conducting negotiation and facilitative mediation as lawyers and as mediators; (4) demonstrate (a) the ability to function in a group setting; (b) critical reflection skills; and (c) working with specific skills in mock negotiation and mediation; and (5) demonstrate an ability to work with autonomy and professionalism.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) daily journal entries and concluding summary; (2) daily participation and preparation; (3) negotiation preparation; (4) mediator's opening statement; (5) mediation skills and participation (preparation and role-playing); and (6) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jill Howieson
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
LAWS5109 Dispute Resolution and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Approved quota: 36—first come-first served basis
Contact hours
Teaching dates for this unit are 15-19 June and 16-20 November. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
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