Course Schedule

Please Note: The GDCR is a professional program. Students enrolled in any program other than GDCR are required to pay their regular program fees in addition to the per course GDCR fee if they choose to register in a GDCR course

* Registration process: You will have to submit an ‘overrides request’ when you register for each course. Each request should be processed within 3-5 business days.

Winter 2017 LAWS 5700: Tuesday, February 21 to Saturday, February 25, 2017
Summer 2017 LAWS 5701: May 26, 27, 28 and June 3, 4
Fall 2017*

LAWS 5706 A: Special Topics in Conflict Resolution: Negotiation and Bargaining Dates: September 22, 23, 24, 30 and October 1.
LAWS 5706 B: Special Topic: Gladue Writer Training Dates: October 23,24,25,26 and 27.
Winter 2018* LAWS 5700: Theories of Conflict Resolution. Dates: February 2,3,4 and 10,11
LAWS 5705: Mediation in Family Matters. Dates: March 16,17,18 and  24, 25.
Summer 2018* LAWS 5701: Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Mediation
LAWS 5702: Advanced Conflict Resolution and Mediation
LAWS 5704: Multi-Party, Multi-Issue Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building
LAWS 5706 C: Special Topic: Restorative Justice
Fall 2018* LAWS 5700: Theories of Conflict Resolution
LAWS 5706 A: Special Topics in Conflict Resolution: Negotiation and Bargaining
LAWS 5706 D: Legal Issues in Conflict and Dispute Resolution
LAWS 5708: Applied Research Project
LAWS 5709: Skills Assessment
Winter 2019* LAWS 5700
LAWS 5702
LAWS 5703
Summer 2019* LAWS 5701: TBA
Fall 2019* LAWS 5706 A: Special Topics in Conflict Resolution: Negotiation and Bargaining
LAWS 5706: Special Topic: Legal Issues

*all courses subject to change

Each course is offered in a condensed 5 day format, generally this is held over 2 consecutive weekends (Fri – Sun & Sat – Sun).

Course Descriptions

LAWS 5700 [0.5 credit]
Theories of Conflict Resolution

An introduction to the field of conflict studies, negotiation and mediation theory including: analyzing and resolving conflict, negotiation styles, orientations and models of mediation, alternative dispute resolution, building consensus, current issues and trends in the field of conflict studies.

LAWS 5701 [0.5 credit]
Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Introduction to the practice of negotiation and mediation including: contextualizing conflict resolution, understanding how to negotiate and mediate, determining the role of the negotiator/ mediator, reviewing the current state of mediation and conflict resolution, and understanding the importance of a theory-informed practice.

LAWS 5702 [0.5 credit]
Advanced Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Building upon the theory and skills of conflict resolution and mediation introduced in LAWS 5701. Students will learn to convene a mediation, analyze the level of conflict, design a conflict resolution process, co-mediate, and facilitate a multi-party problem solving session.
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 5701.

LAWS 5703 [0.5 credit]
Organizational Conflict and System Design

Students will learn to apply conceptual frameworks to the diagnosis and assessment of organizational conflict, develop and implement appropriate intervention programs and strategies, and design conflict management systems for organizations.

LAWS 5704 [0.5 credit]
Multi-Party, Multi-Issue Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building

Using case studies where mediators have successfully assisted competing interest groups in finding mutual-gains resolutions to conflicts, students will expand upon their personal skills of crisis intervention, group facilitation, assisted negotiation, dispute resolution process design and coaching.
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 5701 and LAWS 5702.

LAWS 5705 [0.5 credit]
Mediation in Family Matters

Students will examine family dynamics and family conflict and explore conflict within intact families as well as conflict that arises when parties separate. The practical aspects of mediation such as ethics, professional standards and screening, as well as intake and outcome documents will be discussed.

LAWS 5706 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Conflict Resolution
Topics are subjects of contemporary controversy, debate and relevance relating to conflict and dispute resolution. They vary from year to year and are announced in advance. They include bargaining, negotiation, legal issues, restorative justice, and international issues.
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 5700 or LAWS 5701 or permission of the department.

LAWS 5706 A [0.5 credit]
Special Topic Seminar in Conflict Resolution: Bargaining and Negotiation
Theories and research relating to bargaining and negotiation in a range of professional contexts; opportunities to practice and develop bargaining and negotiation skills in business, employment, and public disputes involving regulatory approvals and community stakeholder negotiations.

LAWS 5706 B [0.5 credit]
Special Topic Seminar: Gladue Writer Training
In its decision in R. v. Gladue [1999] 1 S.C.R. 688, the Supreme Court of Canada directed that courts sentencing an Indigenous person must take into consideration the ‘unique background and circumstances’ of the offender and any alternatives to incarceration that are ‘reasonable given the circumstances of the offence and the offender’. Gladue requirements are intended to provide the social context for Indigenous offending and shape non-carceral sentences which reflect an appropriate level of moral blameworthiness on the part of the offender, thereby reducing Indigenous over-incarceration.

This course will teach students the process of researching and writing Gladue reports and/or Gladue submissions for the criminal courts. Students will receive instruction in the background, role and purpose of Gladue requirements and reports from the earliest points in the court process through to sentencing and corrections.  Key skills in culturally-appropriate and culturally-informed interviewing will be shared, as will tools and techniques for researching indigenous and legal communities, cultural histories and genealogies. Students will be taught how to blend traditional stories with appropriate scholarly research, and to respect both cultural imperatives and court direction on the tone, content and structure of Gladue reports and submissions.

This course will be taught in a seminar format and will include speakers from the Indigenous and legal community in Ottawa. Students successfully completing the course will be competent to research and write culturally-respectful and legally-correct Gladue Reports and submissions for the criminal courts, parole board, and other relevant decision-makers across Canada.

LAWS 5706 C [0.5 credit]
Restorative Justice
This course will be a venue for the critical discussion of, and development of skills relating to, restorative justice as a form of conflict resolution.  The theoretical underpinnings, processes, and potential of restorative justice will be critically explored.  

LAWS 5706 D [0.5 credit] 
Legal Issues in Conflict and Dispute Resolution
A survey overview and critical discussion of ways in which conflict and dispute resolution involve legal issues.  It explores legislation, regulations, and guidelines to which mediators, arbitrators, and other conflict resolution professionals are subject.  It explores ways in which Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)  professionals are regulated and interrogates ways in which ADR processes are connected and involved with civil litigation, family law, and criminal justice systems in Ontario.

LAWS 5708 [0.5 credit]
Applied Research Project

Independent research in the theory and practice of conflict analysis, prevention or intervention, including system design, process intervention, and evaluation. The project must represent the candidate’s independent study after being admitted to the program. Previous work may be used only as introductory or background material.
Prerequisite(s): LAWS 5700, LAWS 5701, LAWS 5702, LAWS 5703, LAWS 5704.

LAWS 5709 [0.5 credit]
Skills Assessment
Students are prepared by way of practice sessions and debriefings, then assessors evaluate a student’s readiness to mediate disputes through a simulated mediation. Must be completed within one year after completion of course work. Option for final requirement of the program.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of six Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution courses.

LAWS 5710 [0.5 credit]
Directed Readings in Conflict Resolution
Reading courses on selected topics on which seminars are not available may be arranged with the permission of the GDCR Director. Guidelines are posted by the Department.
Prerequisite(s): Written acceptance by a faculty member and permission of the Department.