Using a workplace and organisational perspective, this course analyses the nature of conflict and how it is "resolved" from a variety of theoretical and applied perspectives. Students will be able to describe and apply a range of conflict resolution methods including mediation, negotiation, and advocacy. The course is practically oriented. Students develop conflict resolution skills particularly through group-based formal negotiations within the general context of business organisations and the specific context of employment relations law and practice. Adopting a problem based learning approach, the course emphasises the importance of student’s communication skills as an essential attribute in effective conflict resolution.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Trimester 1 - 2021
Newcastle City Precinct
- Trimester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Explain the nature and sources of conflict in organisations and workplaces.
2. Describe the features of resolution methods including mediation, negotiation, advocacy and other alternatives.
3. Explain the employment relations framework as it affects conflict resolution particularly, but not exclusively, the rights and obligations on employers, employees and their collective representatives to mediate and negotiate, and the use of third-party intervention.
4. Develop the strategy formulation, planning and research skills required for mediation, negotiation and advocacy.
5. Apply, both individually and collaboratively, skills in the practice of negotiation within the contexts of workplace employment relations.
6. Measure and reflect on the development of their conflict resolution skills and demonstrate their recognition of the factors that enable and sustain such skills.
The content in this course includes but is not limited to the following topics:
- The nature of conflict
- Differing conflict resolution methods
- Employment relations contexts affecting conflict resolution methods
- Advocacy and research techniques
- The nature of negotiation
- Negotiation, strategy, tactics and power
- Negotiation phases and communication
- Behavioural dimensions of negotiation
Students must have successfully completed either GSBS6040 or GSBS6006 to enrol in this course. If you have successfully completed LAWS6114, you cannot enrol in this course.
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management OR GSBS6006 Employment Relations in Globalised Economies
In Term Test: Mid Trimester Exam
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Negotiation Exercise Reflections
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Negotiation Dossier
Written Assignment: Individual Reflection Journal
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Online 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term
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