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Masters students must complete a minimum of 36-credits; successfully pass a field practicum and a Comprehensive Examination or an optional thesis to be eligible for the degree. Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA through completion of the degree. Some courses have specific prerequisite requirements that students must meet; these should be checked to ensure compliance. If a student chooses to they may opt to do the master's thesis.

CARM 5000 - Foundations and Development of Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies (3 credits)

This course outlines the substantive themes, history, origins, contexts, and philosophical foundations of conflict resolution, healing, peacemaking, and problem solving.Students will examine levels of interventions and processes in the field of conflict resolution.

CARM 5040 - Communication Dynamics in Dispute Resolution: The Human Factor (3 credits)

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 (3 credits)

This course examines theories, methods, and techniques of mediation.  Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of mediation skills. Prerequisites: CARM or CARD 5040.

CARM 5140 - Negotiation Theory and Practice (3 credits)

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. Prerequisites: CARM or CARD 5040.

CARM 5200 - Research Design and Program Evaluation (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of applied research skills appropriate for dispute resolution practitioners, including basic research tools, assessment, social science research, current research in the field, and an introduction to program evaluation through analysis of published work.

CARM 6120 - Culture and Conflict: Cross-cultural Perspectives (3 credits)

This course examines the nature and meaning of conflict, conflict management techniques, and the assessment of conflict situations from a cross-cultural perspective. Explores various models for training third parties to function effectively in handling disputes where cultural differences are a significant factor. Also addresses various theoretical and practical implications of indigenous conflict management techniques and beliefs found in different cultural settings. Offered fall.

CARM 6130 - Practicum I: Supervised Field Experience (3 credits)

This course is a field research project that incorporates classroom knowledge and real‑world settings. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply theory to practice and analyze situations utilizing knowledge from previous course work. Prerequisites: CARM 5000 and CARM 5040 and CARM 5020 AND one of the following CARM 5100, CARM 5140, CARM 6140.

CARM 6140 - Facilitation Theory and Practice (3 credits)

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. Prerequisites: CARM or CARD 5040.

CARM 6150 - Professional Practice and Ethics (3 credits)

This course will examine current ethical challenges of practice in the field of conflict resolution and peace studies. Some questions to be explored will include the following: What are major ethical dilemmas facing peace and conflict resolution practitioners? Can there be and should there be universally-accepted, over-arching standards of ethical conduct and practice that guide their work? Through a combination of seminars, cases studies and discussions, students will explore challenges facing peace and conflict resolution practitioners, working at the local, national, and international levels. Students will analyze the ethical issues and dilemmas related to specific cases, research what various scholars and practitioners have written about best practices to determine what was done ‘right’ and what could have been improved. Students will also collaborate on reasoned approaches and responses to ethical issues in conflict resolution practice. This course takes a personal development approach, incorporating a learning laboratory model wherein students can learn about their personal values, biases, prejudices, and working assumptions in order to become reflective and ethical practitioners. Through the use of peer review exercises and several self-assessment tools, students will be able to explore their own personal readiness to help others prevent and resolve their conflicts. Students will also identify areas for further development and ways to help overcome these shortcomings.

CARM 6450 - M.S. Capstone (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to the practical aspects of the scholarship of engagement approach. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to examine real cases of conflict resolution programs from the moment an idea emerges, through the design, implementation, execution, to the evaluation stage, all with the guidance and commentary of the authors of the projects.  The course will focus on interventions in the areas of teaching, research and service, and the specific examples studied will reflect the past and ongoing scholarship of engagement initiatives undertaken by all faculty of the department. Class activities will involve a close collaboration between the course participants and all faculty at the department. The delivery methods will include reading, lectures, and experiential learning exercises.

Students are required to complete 6 credit hours. For a complete list of elective courses, please see the CAHSS catalog here.

Graduates of our Master's program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution who decide to continue their studies and are accepted into our Ph.D. program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, can transfer up to 24 credit hours to the Ph.D. program, thereby reducing the total number of credits for the doctoral program.

The student may write a research thesis. The thesis is 6 credits and counts as two electives. Instead of the electives offered in the fall and winter trimesters of the second year, thesis students register for Master's Thesis. Entrance into the thesis track is not automatic; students must meet eligibility requirements. For details regarding the Master's, please visit Conflict Analysis and Resolution Student Resources for the Master's Thesis handbook.

The following link provides students with the degree plan for the master's curriculum. Degree plans will be modified based on a student's enrollment date and pace of study. Click HERE for the degree plan.

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