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LA4034 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Credit points: 3
Year: 2013
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

The subject introduces students to alternatives to litigation for resolving public and private disputes. The subject introduces concepts such as negotiation and mediation as well as providing an overview of arbitration and conciliation. The statutory regimes and practices in which ADR is embedded in Australia are considered. The subject has a practical orientation and requires participation in discussions, exercises and role-plays.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand and analyse the nature of disputes and evaluate the utility of ADR as an alternative to the litigation process for settling disputes;
  • compare, contrast and analyse the different types of ADR operating in Australia;
  • identify, apply and critically analyse the main elements of distributive bargaining, integrative negotiation and mediation.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • 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 ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
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Townsville, Block, Study Period 10
Census Date 13-Dec-2013
Non-standard start/end 22-Nov-2013 to 10-Jan-2014
Face to face teaching 22-Nov-2013 to 01-Dec-2013 (Two workshops of three and two days duration: 22-24 Nov and 30 Nov and 1 Dec)
Coord/Lect: Mr Neil Dunbar.
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: (50%); essays (30%); (20%).

Townsville, Block, Study Period 3
Census Date 07-Feb-2013
Face to face teaching 18-Jan-2013 to 03-Feb-2013 (Teaching over one 3 day period and one 2 day period: 18-20 Jan and 2/3 Feb)
Coordinator: Mr Neil Dunbar
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: (50%); essays (30%); (20%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Cairns, Block, Study Period 10
Census Date 13-Dec-2013
Face to face teaching 25-Nov-2013 to 29-Nov-2013 (Five day workshop: 25 - 29November 2013 from 9 - 5pm each day)
Coord/Lect: Mr Neil Dunbar.
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: (50%); essays (30%); (20%).

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.