Alternative Dispute Resolution
The main objective of LGST 489 is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of alternative dispute resolutions (ADR). The course focuses on the two main dispute resolution methods: negotiation and mediation. It also introduces the basic principles and techniques of various dispute resolution methods. Different areas of the law and law enforcement in which such methods are or could be used are explored in the course, including mediating family law disputes, negotiating contracts, and resolving disputes online.
After completing LGST 489 you should be able to:
- Acquire thorough familiarity with the various dispute resolution methods that are “alternative” to traditional methods on both a practical and a theoretical level.
- Acquire specific skills, procedures, techniques, and practitioner characteristics needed for an efficient, effective, and equitable process in the various forms of ADR.
- Recognize specific issues and concerns within ADR, such as gender, power, and culture, and be aware of the impact of these issues on the process, the client, the practitioner, and the appropriateness of ADR.
- Recognize the possible importance of ADR within the Canadian justice system.
- Consider conflict and conflict resolution in a different way—one that properly serves clients and contributes to a fair justice system and a safe community.
To receive academic credit for this course you must enrol in the credit course for a fee which includes provision of learner support services and successfully complete assignments and an examination. For more information see the credit course syllabus.
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