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Conflict Resolution

  • CONRES 603  Advanced Negotiation and Mediation

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    This course builds on the introductory courses and examines the resolution of conflict in different contexts.   More Info

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  • CONRES 621  Negotiation (M)

    Description:
    Negotiation is the bedrock skill in this field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.   More Info

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  • CONRES 623  Introductory Theory

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    This course examines the theories and assumptions underpinning the practice of negotiation and mediation. It identifies the major schools of thought that influence models in practice and shape research agendas. It examines theories critically, with three aims-uncovering implicit assumptions of practice, testing those assumptions against empirical evidence or other theories, and gleaning insights to assist practitioners.   More Info

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  • CONRES 624  Cross-Cultural Conflict

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    This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based in religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity-conflicts that the field calls "intractable." The primary focus of the course is on intervention techniques that have been used and that have been proposed for use in these settings.   More Info

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  • CONRES 625  Conflict Resolution Systems for Organizations

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    This course examines different systems for managing conflict. The system may exist in a large corporation, or between two or among many nations, between labor and management, or within a family. The system may be explicit and clear, informal and invisible, or both. The system may be effective or not. The course explores different kinds of conflict management systems and criteria for measuring their effectiveness; and discusses the analysis and design of dispute managing systems.   More Info

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  • CONRES 626  Advanced Intervention

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    This course applies the principles of mediation and other forms of intervention to a particular context. Each year, the specific course context changes. Possibilities include intervention in environmental disputes, family disputes, organizational disputes, or international disputes.   More Info

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  • CONRES 631  Family and Divorce Mediation

    Description:
    The need to understand the special issues raised by families negotiating separation and divorce is growing. This course focuses on the legal and negotiation issues raised for mediators by divorcing couples and families. Although divorce is the focus of the class, parent-child issues, unmarried couples, premarital agreements, and post-divorce disputes will also be addressed. Through theory, practice, and context-specific readings, students will broaden their knowledge and skill as mediators.   More Info

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  • CONRES 635  Research Methods in Dispute Resolution

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    This course meets with three primary objectives. First, it provides students with a basic "literacy" in research methods, enabling them to be critical consumers of literature reporting research findings. Students will learn the fundamentals of sound research design, inference from data to conclusions, and the assumptions underlying various methods. Second, it introduces students to the role and use of research methods in conflict intervention work. And third, it provides students preparing to undertake the Master's Project an introduction to the types of research methodology that they are most likely to use in their MPs.   More Info

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  • CONRES 636  Conflict in Workgroups

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    This course provides the participant with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of work groups, with an emphasis on processes of conflict within them, and to develop skills to deal constructively with intra- and inter- group conflict. Class sessions will deal with conceptual issues in a combination of lecture and seminar-discussion format, drawing from various literatures on groups. Students will also participate in weekly meetings with a small workgroup, consisting of a sub-set of the class, which will offer an opportunity to study group processes in vivo with the aid of a facilitator.   More Info

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  • CONRES 637L  International Institutions and Development

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    Through theoretical readings and case studies, this course considers a variety of practical policy issues related to the role of international organizations in the formulation and practice of development aid. It will also examine the role of these organizations in supporting activities such as international peacekeeping, trade policy, environmental policy and human rights issues. Most citizens are aware of organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization, etc. but how many of us truly understand the history of these organizations affect the daily lives of millions of people around the world? How many Americans understand the scope of the U.S. Agency for International Development and how aid policy and practice really works in a world where the US military is now one of the largest development agencies in the world? This course will look at the historical development of the aid complex and address policy and theoretical implications for the future. CONRES 637L and PAF G 637L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CONRES 638L  Global Governance

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    "Gobal governance" refers both to something empirical -- "what (limited) world govenment we have" -- and to an approach to the study of global problems, one that highlights the economic and cultural contexts of political globalization and foregrounds the questions of whether and how current processes can be made more effective. Students will become familiar witht he variety of theoretical approaches to global governmance and knowledgeable about its context, including the globalization of industrial capitalism in which global governance emerged, and about its empirics, what it is today. Students' final papers and in-class presentatiopns will investigate the prospects for reform of global governance in an issue area of their choice. CONRES 638L and PAF G 638L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CONRES 639L  Global Environmental Governance

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    This course examines the development and functioning of global environmental governance as the system for design and execution of environmental policy at the global level. The course will employ key theories and analytical frameworks from international relations as well as empirical studies across several environmental issue areas. The goal is to present a broad overview of key concerns in global environment problems. The questions that guide the work throughout the semester include: Why is global environmental governance necessary? How has it performed and why? What new approaches have emerged? What would an optimal institutional structure for global environmental governance look like and how could it be created? CONRES 639L and PAF G 639L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CONRES 640L  International Organizations and the Environment

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    This course examines the role and performance of international organizations with environmental portfolios. The focus will be on the United Nations Environment Programme, and the secretariats of environmental conventions in the areas of biological diversity and conservation, climate change, and chemicals. The goal is to develop an understanding of the history and operations of international environmental organizations in order to measure and explain performance and propose analytically grounded policy interventions. CONRES 640L and PAF G 640L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CONRES 688L  Global Warming and International Business Management

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    Global warming may be the most important challenge that the human race has faced to date; a broader public is finally coming to grips with the ramifications of the potentially disastrous changes wrought by such contributing factors as fossil fuel consumption, deforestation, rapid population growth, and pollution. The economic consequences of these changes, however, have not been well explored. Twenty-first century managers in nearly all fields will need to develop a profound understanding of the results of environmental policies, energy use, and lifestyle choices on this universal issue; those who work in environment-related fields will need in particular to come to grips with these concerns and our local, national, and international responses to them. CONRES 688L and MBAMGT 688L are the same course.   More Info

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  • CONRES 690  Internship

    Description:
    Students mediate cases, under close faculty supervision, in one of the small claims courts in Greater Boston. Each day of mediation is followed by a debriefing session with the supervisor. A mediation seminar is part of the internship. The seminar enables students to compare mediating experiences, focus on particular problem areas encountered by mediators, and re-examine theoretical concepts.   More Info

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  • CONRES 693  Final Project and Workshop

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    Students design projects that integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during their training. Projects take a wide variety of forms, including 1) empirical research; 2) apprenticeships with professionals or agencies; 3) evaluations and/or analyses of existing practices; 4) the creation of new dispute resolution programs or curricula, tailored to specific, identified, unmet needs; and 5) other projects proposed by students which meet the project criteria. Each project culminates in a work product, such as a research paper or written account of the applied project that demonstrates substantial progress beyond previous learning. The accompanying seminar brings together all students working on master's projects to share their field experience, learn new methods needed for their projects (e.g., research skills, intervention techniques), discuss literature covered in previous courses, and plan for their future learning as dispute resolvers.   More Info

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  • CONRES 694  Integrative Seminar

    Description:
    Students in the Dispute Resolution Masters program have 2 options for completing their capstone requirement: doing a written Masters Project or taking this seminar. The goal of the Seminar is to help students see their dispute resolution study as a whole, to demonstrate their ability to integrate and synthesize their knowledge of conflict resolution theory and skills gained over the course of the Masters program. Through class discussion, students will identify cross-cutting issues or themes relating to conflict resolution theory or practice; they will select three topics and produce a substantial paper (10, 15 or 20 pages, respectively) about each of them, drawing on what they have read/written/thought about/experiences over the course of their studies.   More Info

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  • CONRES 696  Independent Study

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    This course provides students the opportunity for students to pursue in-depth study of a particular topic under the direction of a faculty member. A student must find a faculty sponsor, and together with that faculty member develop a study plan detailing topics to be covered, readings and activities to be completed, and products to be produced. A copy of the study plan should be signed by both the student and the faculty sponsor and filed with the department office.   More Info

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  • CONRES 697  Special Topics in Dispute Resolution

    Description:
    Special topics courses are advanced courses that offer intensive study of a selected topic in dispute resolution. With faculty approval, students select a topic from a broad range of options. The course can be used to deepen knowledge of the specialization area, or to broaden a student's range of dispute resolution experience.   More Info

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  • CONRES 699  Master's Thesis in Conflict Resolution

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    Under the guidance of an individual faculty advisor, students complete a major research project that makes a substantive contribution to critical understanding of an issue in conflict resolution. The final product is a substantial paper, indicating mastery of pertinent, concepts and critical analysis that is defended before a committee of 3 faculty members. Students are required to comply with the Standards for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations promulgated by the Office of Graduate Studies.   More Info

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