Designed to introduce students to the foundation and theories of conflict management, this course includes an interdisciplinary introduction to conflict, its sources and major theories.
This course provides students an understanding of the fundamentals of negotiation theory through a format that includes lecture, role-play, focused exercises and case study. Covered concepts include game theory, distributive and integrative bargaining, principled negotiation, pychological barriers to settlement, and negotiation ethics.
Designed to provide students an understanding of the American Legal System and innovations in ADR, this course familiarizes students with dispute resolution processes such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation and ombudspersons. Students learn the costs associated with and benefits of each process in the continuum.
This skills clinic provides students the basic Civil Mediation Training approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution for mediators handling court-related or court-ordered cases.
This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the study of conflict. Particular emphasis is placed on methods to assess conflict and evaluate interventions for specific environments.
Students examine the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict with emphasis on the role of identity in conflict. Students will further examine the role of community dispute resolution in ADR and will apply mediation skills to problems of intervention in workplace/organizational conflicts.
Examines the dynamics of organizational conflict with a special focus on the workplace context. Students will sharpen the skills and tools they learned and apply them to problems of intervention in organizational disputes.
orAdvanced International Mediation Clinic
orHumanitarian Crisis Intervention
Students learn to manage public disputes that occur under the glare of public scrutiny, which require greater flexibility to facilitate large-group processes and deal with media outlets. Students also acquire substantive knowledge of and develop practical skills central to the resolution of intercultural and international conflict. Students examine the process of international conflict resolution through diplomatic negotiation and mediation.
This course prepares students to design, evaluate, and constantly improve conflict management systems. Knowledge of research methods, data collection and analysis processes, and organizational behavior are crucial to these efforts. Students practice critical thinking and analytical writing skills through program design.
Students select a specific environment for application of the knowledge and skills acquired through the academic and clinical components of the program. Study and literature review of this specified environment provide the context for the student's fieldwork project in the final semester of the program.
This 42-hour advanced skills training course is designed to enhance students' theoretical, research, and practice skills. Students may select from various subjects. Selections change each year. Past topics have included: Grant Writing and Program Evaluation; Facilitation; Domestic Relations Mediation Training; and, International Peacebuilding.
orInternational Field Experience
Includes a field study in a specific conflict environment chosen by the student with the guidance of MSCM faculty. Students analyze conflict in the chosen environment, and, where appropriate, make policy recommendations or design and plan implementation of the intervention processes to address the conflict. Students prepare an extensive written report of this analysis, accompanied by an annotated bibliography. Students planning to pursue further graduate studies at the Ph.D. level are encouraged to perform an in-depth research project as opposed to an internship.