The graduate certificate is a 15-credit program that can be taken alone, as a specialization in the master's of public service or with another master's degree, pending approval by the Graduate School.

DIRS 6600 — Mediation

Mediation as facilitated negotiation, three-party processes vs. two-party processes, interest-based bargaining vs. positional or adversarial bargaining. Concepts will be explored through the use of class role plays, which will be videotaped and critiqued as a part of mediation training.

  • (70 percent theory, 30 percent skills)

DIRS 6605 — Advanced Mediation

An exploration of more advanced issues in the practice of mediation, including brokering, emotions in mediation, agenda, joint session, caucuses, agreements and multiparty/multi-issue cases.

  • (80 percent skills, 20 percent theory)
  • Prerequisite: DIRS 6600

DIRS 6610 — Dispute Resolution Theory

The development of conflict between and among individuals, organizations, and governmental units; various models for conflict and types of conflict resolution will be surveyed.

  • (100 percent theory)
  • Prerequisite: DIRS 6600

DIRS 6615 — Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution

Explores current theoretical and applied issues in mediation. These issues may include communication theories and models, legislative enactments, dispute resolution systems design, and court-connected dispute resolution systems. Case studies provide an opportunity to examine the theory through an applied approach.

  • (Theory-to-skills ratio varies)
  • Prerequisite: DIRS 6600

DIRS 6964 — Practicum

Required of all students; for example, an internship may be established with a community mediation center, court system, hospital peer review committee or public school teachers' collective bargaining unit. Placements will be arranged on an individual basis. S/U grade assessment.

  • (90 percent skills, 10 percent theory)
  • Prerequisites: DIRS 6600 and DIRS 6605



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