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Curriculum Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution Practice consists of 5 courses (15 credits), which includes conflict resolution theory and practice skills. Students who decide to continue their studies in conflict resolution may apply the 12 core credit hours toward the M.S. or the Ph.D. program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution if accepted to the program.

CARM 5040 - Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor

This course presents communication theories relevant to conflict resolution as well as theories about understanding, analyzing, and managing conflict. The course focuses on the human and emotional aspects of conflict, and includes the influence of gender and culture. This course is pragmatic as well as theoretical, and presents communication and conflict resolution models in a practice-based approach.

CARM 5100 - Mediation Theory and Practice

This course examines theories, methods, and techniques of mediation. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of mediation skills.

CARM 5140 - Negotiation Theory and Practice

This course examines conflict intervention from the perspective of the disputant/negotiator. The integration of theory and practice will emphasize the tactics, strategies, and operations of effective and ineffective bargaining/negotiating behavior. The course develops negotiator skills and knowledge, leading to collaborative-based actions and solutions.

CARM 6000 - Organizational Conflict: Theory and Practice

This course examines organizations, the causes and manifestations of organizational conflict, and interventions including: organizational theories, organizational development, systems theories, group dynamics, and dispute systems design. Students will learn to apply theory to the assessment of conflict and the design of appropriate intervention models within organizations, and will be introduced to consultation models.

CARM 6140 - Facilitation Theory and Practice

This course develops students' skills in working with groups. It incorporates theories and models of group dynamics, facilitation, and group development, as well as workshop development and delivery. This course uses a practice-based approach, including role-plays and workshop presentations.

Below is a sample of a degree plan for a full-time student who begins their studies in Fall term. Degree plans will be modified based on a student's enrollment date and pace of study.

Table 1: Degree Plan: 15 credits hours
Fall (August)
CARM 5040
Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution:
The Human Factor
CARM 6140
Facilitation Theory and Practice
(Online Program)
Winter (January)
CARM 5100
Mediation Theory and Practice
CARM 5140
Negotiation
Summer (May)
CARM 6000
Organizational Conflict: Theory & Practice
CARM 6140
Facilitation Theory and Practice
(on-campus program)

Graduation & Celebration
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