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LB5537 - Neuroscience, Psychology and Conflict

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Knowing what happens in our brain and body when people experience conflict, particularly high emotion and stress, is vital to understanding and managing conflict. In this subject, students will learn how emotions and stress affect people's conflict behaviours, perceptions and attitudes. Students will also investigate the impact of stress on communication and cognition, including information processing, decision-making and memory in complex conflicts. This subject considers conflict from a psychological perspective including social, personality, and cognitive psychology. Students will examine how individual, cultural and contextual differences in social cognition and personality may influence peoples' conflict behaviours. Students will also critically analyse how evidence-based research in neuroscience and psychology can assist leaders to manage and support others in conflict.

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;
  • Effectively communicate with, facilitate and support people in personal, group, organisational and cross-cultural conflict;
  • Research, analyse and interpret data from a range of sources relevant to conflict management and resolution.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical Analysis - (30%) - Individual.
LB5530 OR LB5525 OR LB5535


Townsville, Trimester 3, Mixed attendance
Census Date 06-Oct-2022
Face to face teaching 14-Oct-2022 to 16-Oct-2022 (3 day workshop: 14 - 16 October 2022 (attendance is compulsory). Compulsory pre-reading required prior to the workshop. This subject is taught primarily through LearnJCU and students need to participate online throughout the whole study period. Students must engage in online learning from the first week of the study period and throughout the entire study period.)
Lecturer: Miss Claire Holland.
Workload expectations:
  • 21 hours workshops
  • 109 hours - Online learning activities, self-study and assessment preparation.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Trimester 3, External
Census Date 06-Oct-2022
Lecturer: Miss Claire Holland.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 15 hours - Tutorials and online learning activities
  • 6 hours online collaboration sessions
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU
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.