Higher postgraduate course, second semester.
30 NQF credits at NQF level 9

Convener: Monique Carels

Course entry requirements: See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degrees.

Course outline:
The aim of the course is to develop academic and professional proficiency in conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation. The course is principally targeted at persons who hope to become mediators (and wish to further develop their academic and professional skills) or those who wish to gain proficiency in this area. The course comprises the following aspects: Conflict resolution which consists of the definition of conflict; sources of conflict; approaches to conflict resolution and the conflict path. Mediation which consists of defining mediation, roles and functions of a mediator and the skills and techniques of a mediator. The psychology in mediation, mediating different types of disputes (family mediation, labour mediation, commercial mediation) and court-annexed mediation. The course also covers various codes of conduct for mediators and settlement agreements.

DP requirements: Satisfactory attendance of lectures, presentations and practicals, and completion of written assignments.

Assessment: Prescribed assignments and mediation simulation: 50%, Take-home examination: 50%.