RPA414 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Subject Title
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Subject Description
This subject deals with methods of alternative dispute resolution, that is, processes devised to resolve disputes outside the judicial system. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques include negotiation, mediation and arbitration. In this subject, the student becomes familiar with these techniques and works on the development of negotiation and mediation skills using an interest-based approach.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Real Property Administration Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of various dispute resolution mechanisms (e.g.,negotiation, mediation, arbitration).

2. Understand the nature of conflict, particularly in a municipal setting.

3. Describe the various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms available to disputants in a conflict.

4. Assess the role of power, gender, culture, emotions, and cognitive biases prevalent in disputes.

5. Explain and illustrate the various situations in which a municipal government might engage alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

6. Use negotiating skills, using interest based bargaining techniques;

7. Appraise the ethical and human choices to be made in resolving disputes.

8. Display an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.