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Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Elective Courses

This list is provides a sampling of the graduate elective courses that are available through the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program.  For information on current course offerings, see the UO Class Schedule (select the appropriate term and search on "CRES"). 

For more information on these courses, please contact us.

  • Advanced Negotiation Skills
    Review and expand basic skill sets and explore the effects of your own values and beliefs on the negotiation process. Work at the intersection of theory and practice, with emphasis on interpersonal conflicts and building collaborative processes. Highly interactive seminar-style course, incorporating lectures, demonstrations, small group discussions, dyad and individual exercises, with a particular focus on negotiation role plays with evaluative feedback.
  • Dialogue Across Difference
    Experiential workshop exploring the theory and practice of dialogue as a tool for dealing with group conflicts and differing perspectives. Dialogue is a process which is different from other forms of group engagement in a variety of ways, and has wide utility in multiple arenas. The skills involved in dialogue cross disciplines and purposes. This course will explore the process and content of dialogue work, including formats, skills, and processes involved and various cases where it has been utilized.
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution
    Examine use of collaborative approaches to conflicts over environmental & natural resources & environ. decision making. Look at the history of environ. decision making, legal context of environ. disputes, & explore the risks & benefits of collaborative & adversarial approaches to the challenging issues of development & environ. protection. Course will focus on the theoretical & doctrinal issues.
  • Family Mediation
    This course focuses on the practical skills of family mediation, introducing students to the practice of family mediation with a specific focus on divorce and child custody mediation. Students are expected to critically engage in discussions, as the class explores the role of mediation in family conflicts.
  • Global Conflict and the U.S. – Mexico Border
    Focus on persistent issues that have plagued the U.S. Mexico Border region for over thirty years. We will cover a variety of crises as the course critically analyzes and try to negotiate a solution to 4 selected case studies: the problem of illegal immigration; the failed “war on drugs”; the issue of gun trafficking; and drug cartel violence.
  • Inside-Out Courses: Topics Vary
    A unique opportunity for 15 “inside” (students inside OSP) and 15 “outside” (UO) students to participate in an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course.  ( Course Information and I/O Application for Fall 2014)


  • Israel/Palestine Conflict
    This course focuses on the multiple relationships among conflict, violence, and gender in situations of warfare, militarization, and peacemaking. Course topics include biological, psychological, and sociocultural theories of gender and conflict. These topics will be examined through cross-cultural case studies.
  • Managing Conflict in Organizations
    Examine the nature and causes of conflict in the organizational/workplace setting and approaches to effective conflict management and resolution, including conflict as an organizational resource to improve relationships and systems, psychological and structural roots of conflict, and how to more effectively manage and resolve problems at the structural and interpersonal levels.
  • Negotiating Northern Ireland
    This course will use Northern Ireland as a primary case to focus on social conflict, territorial disputes, and options for moving toward political accommodations.
  • Nonprofit Clinic
    The University of Oregon School of Law, the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) have joined together to create a clinical opportunity for students to apply their respective skills while offering a valuable service to the Oregon nonprofit community.  In this clinic, students will (1) learn about nonprofits in action; (2) engage with expert consultants, executive directors, and boards of directors; and (3) build pathways to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations.
  • Small Claims Clinic
    Students enrolled in the Small Claims Clinic spend Monday mornings in Lane County Circuit Court, helping small claims disputants search for non-litigation solutions to the problems that brought them to court.  The clinic also includes a weekly classroom component in which students explore
    and reflect on their experiences as mediators, discuss mediation approaches, challenges and work on skills.
  • Working Abroad: Culture and Context
    Course intended for students who plan/hope to do internships, field research, or work abroad. Topics include how to prepare for the experience, issues of safety, housing, & other pragmatics; culture shock; historical, economic & political contexts, including the legacy of colonialism & post-colonialism; issues of identity, self and other.  Students work on individual projects.

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