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LB5532 - Topical Issues in Conflict Management and Resolution - Restorative Justice: Group Conferencing

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

This subject focuses on current and topical issues in the field of conflict management and resolution, particularly recent developments in policy and practice. In 2017, the subject focuses on "Group Conferencing". Group Conferencing is a process that helps a group of people transform conflict into cooperation. The subject provides students with an understanding of the Group Conferencing process, and the range of programs in which Conferencing is currently used, including in education, justice, workplace relations, and various residential and professional communities. The theoretical component of the course covers the co-evolution of conferencing theory and practice over recent decades. The practical component of the course provides an opportunity to practise the techniques necessary to facilitate an effective Group Conference, and to receive coaching from an experienced practitioner. The course content is consistent with Best Practice Standards in Restorative Justice developed by various organisations, including the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice and the Restorative Justice Council in the UK.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate complex conflict and related theories and standards for professional practice in conflict management and resolution;
  • critically analyse complex conflicts and conflict management systems;
  • provide specialised advice to assist individuals, groups and organisations to constructively manage conflict;
  • effectively communicate with, facilitate and support people in personal, group, organisational and cross-cultural conflict;
  • independently and critically reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Brief - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Briefing paper - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

This subject will be taught online through LearnJCU. Students must engage in online learning from the first week of the study period and throughout the entire study period. There will be online collaborate sessions scheduled throughout the semester.

LB5525, LB5530, LB5531 and LB5533.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Miss Claire Holland
Lecturers: Miss Claire Holland, Dr Judith Rafferty, Mr David Moore.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours - Online and self-study activities
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.