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LB5519 - Family and Interpersonal Dispute Resolution

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

This subject is designed to acquaint those with a background in basic mediation theory and practice with some of the fundamental issues in the area of family dispute resolution. This subject may be relevant to those with a wider interest in the fields of Conflict Resolution, Family Law, Social Work and related disciplines that involve working with families in conflict.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrated knowledge of the nature of disputes within families;
  • understanding of the legal system and the current family law framework for the resolution of family disputes including adversarial, non-adversarial and collaborative methods of dispute resolution;
  • demonstrated knowledge of child focused dispute resolution processes in family disputes;
  • demonstrated awareness of, and ability to resolve, ethical and professional practice issues which arise in the conduct of family law matters involving dispute resolution.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development.
Students should have an understanding of mediation.
Prerequisites: LB5525 and LB5501 (allow concurrent for LB5501)


Townsville, Study Period 5, Block
Census Date 03-May-2012
Face to face teaching 22-May-2012 to 26-May-2012 (35 hours of workshops/seminars)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 35 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: essays (50%); skills assessment and reflection (30%); online participation (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Attendance on all days is compulsory.

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.