MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

 

The cost per unit is $275 or $825 for a three unit course.
This does not include books and other materials.

Course Descriptions

NCR 500 NCRP Skills: Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools (3)
Determining specific purpose and key issues when negotiating, resolving conflict, and building peace. Effective application when reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Questioning information, conclusions, and points of view with clarity, accuracy, precision and relevance. ‘‘Thinking beyond the box’’ with fairness and logic.

NCR 503 Ethics of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3)
Prerequisite: NCR 500
Examines individual group values and perspectives in relation to negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes, with special emphasis on analyzing third party intervener’s ethical responsibilities and dilemmas. Case studies used to examine and formulate ethical approaches to critical issues.

NCR 504 Theories of Conflict (3)
Prerequisite: NCR 500
Critical analysis of conflict theories and models among individuals, organizations and governments; exploring causes, functions and effects. Perspec-tives from anthropology, archaeology, biology, communications, economics, gender studies, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psy-chology, psychiatry, sociobiology, and sociology.

NCR 507 Seminar: Research Design and Interpretation (3)
Prerequisite: NCR 500, 503 and 504
Considers various research methods to be used in negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Covers research design and the tools needed to conduct basic independent research. Students develop a compelling research proposal addressing questions of importance to them.

NCR 508 Communication and Conflict (3)
Prerequisite: NCR 500, 503 and 504
Emphasizes human communication in context of conflict. Addresses challenges to effective communication caused by interpersonal, intrapersonal, intergroup or intragroup conflict, and role of communication in resolving such conflicts. Concentrates on methods of communication most effective in dealing with differences.

NCR 522 Seminar: Negotiation Tactics (3)
Prerequisite: NCR 500, 503 and 504
Tactics used in negotiations among individuals, institutions, and societies. Planning and conducting personal, corporate, labor, hostage, and diplo-matic negotiations. Cross-cultural, ethical, and historical dimensions.

NCR 525 Mediation (3)
Prerequisites: NCR 500, 503, 504, NCR 508, and NCR 522
Theory and skills including requirements for certification under the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act, especially agreement procedures, case development, consensus building, issue framing and prioritizing, orientations toward conflict, and record keeping.

NCR 527 Arbitration (3)
Prerequisites: Approval of program director
Compulsory and noncompulsory arbitration of grievances in public, private, corporate, labor, and international disputes. Case studies explore the arbitra-tion role in unique settings.

NCR 529 Internship: Conflict Resolution (3)
Prerequisites Requires approval of program director
Students will work as interns in agencies in negotiation, conflict resolution and/or peacebuilding, and will consult weekly with a faculty supervisor. A total of 120 hours of agency internship experience will be required to successfully complete the course. An internship for the Post-NCRP MA Cer-tificate may not be the same as the internship used by the student for NCR 529 as part of the NCRP MA Degree Program.

NCR 530 Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Addresses emerging practice of conflict resolution in cyberspace. ODR utilizes online resources as the ‘‘fourth party’’ collaborating with the traditional third party in resolving conflicts more efficiently and less expensively.

NCR 531 Marital and Family Mediation (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Separation problems in traditional and nontraditional relationships such as property division and child custody. Legal, tax, and financial aspects. The mediation process. Written and oral agreements.

NCR 532 Dispute Resolution Clinical Studies (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Provides a forum in which all students, staff, and faculty can creatively process and resolve conflict rather than allowing hostilities to build toward violence or adjudication. Each semester, conducts a basic mediation skills training faor campus and surrounding communities.

NCR 533 Labor Conflict (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Case and historical studies in selected industries. Past, present, and pending court decisions or national and state labor laws. Strategic planning for labor organizations. The process of negotiating a labor contract. Grievance and arbitration procedures.

NCR 535 Organizational Conflict (3)
Prerequisite: Approval of program director
Origin and types of conflicts which arise within and between complex organizations. Positive and negative effects of Organizational conflict. Exploit-ing, preventing, containing, escalating, and resolving conflict.

NCR 536 Dispute Resolution for Sports (3)
Prerequisite: Approval of program director
Examines sports law and dispute resolution utilizing particularly the processes of arbitration and mediation. Focuses on players, owners, agents and unions, as well as other areas of conflict such as free agency and player attitude and disloyalty.

NCR 537 International Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3)
Prerequisite: Approval of program director
Study of selected international conflicts involving complex issues such as culture, ethnicity, politics and religion. Considers common misconcep-tions concerning diplomacy. Encourages students to appreciate approaches to negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding as vehicles for suc-cessful grassroots impact on peace efforts.

NCR 538 Seminar: Public Policy Conflict (3)
Prerequisites: NCR 504, NCR 507, NCR 508, NCR 522, NCR 525 and NCR 544
Considers constructive and timely approaches to resolving conflicts arising over use, conservation, and restoration of environment, natural resources, and public lands. Examines basic principles, mechanisms and strategies for engaging federal agencies in effective environmental conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving.

NCR 540 Seminar: Community Conflict (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
The impact of system dynamics on conflict management in communities from neighborhoods to nations. Implications of system dynamics for speci-fying goals and planning interventions to achieve them, from pre-emptive to corrective. Implications for training and organization.

NCR 541 Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Addresses respective needs of crime victims and offenders ignored by criminal justice system and international community. Retribution abandoned in favor of restorative model based on needs of victims, offenders and community, achieved through application of conflict resolution and peacebuilding processes.

NCR 542 Collaborative Law (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Lawyers’ and clients’ cooperative voluntary conflict resolution process. Emphasizes shared belief that it is in best interest of parties to avoid adversarial proceedings. Commitment to resolving differences with minimal conflict and working together to create shared solutions to the issues.

NCR 543 Reducing School Violence Through Conflict Resolution (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Practical strategies to teach students to be peacemakers to reduce violence in schools. Discusses how schools can create cooperative learning environ-ment where students learn how to negotiate and mediate peer conflicts and teachers use academic controversies to enhance learning.

NCR 544 Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes (3)
Prerequisites: NCR 500, NCR 503 and NCR 504
Surveys a variety of process choices in dispute resolution. Recognizing that litigation may not be appropriate in many cases. Course examines alterna-tives such as negotiation, mini-trial, mediation, panel evaluation, summary jury trial, private judging, arbitration, and use of special masters.

NCR 545 Intercultural Conflict Resolution (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Presents overview of intercultural communication negotiation and conflict resolution. Emphasizes understanding of values of intercultural as well as interreligious diversity in our increasingly interdependent world, nation and local communities. Encourages awareness of cultural perspective and socialization.

NCR 546 Conflict and the Media (3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval program director
Examines the role of mass media in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and its influence on world’s most intractable conflicts as well as support of peace initiatives. Considers how media can serve as part of the problem or part of the solution.

NCR 591 Seminar: NCR Capstone Course (3)
Prerequisites: All required and elective courses
Course is designed to enable students to demonstrate integration of knowledge of the field and critical and independent thinking. Preparation and delivery (oral and written) of culminating event under supervision of instructor. Faculty approval of written portfolio and successful oral defense re-quired for graduation. CR grade insufficient by itself. CR/NC grading. Repeatable for six units.

NCR 595 Seminar: Special Topics in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (1-3)
Prerequisite: Requires approval of program director
Study of a current topic in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. Repeatable for total of six units.

NCR 597 Directed Reading in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3)
Prerequisites: Requires approval of program director
In consultation with a faculty member, completion of readings for orientation to a little known topic; or as background for writing a thesis proposal (the concept for which has previously been approved by the NCR program director). CR/NC grading. Repeatable for total of six units.

NCR 598 Directed Research in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (3)
Prerequisites: Requires approval of program director
Conduct of pilot studies, development of research instruments, or similar independent research in preparation for the thesis, under the supervision of a faculty member in any area of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. CR/NC grading.

NCR 599 Thesis in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (1-3)
Prerequisites: Requires approval of NCRP program director
In consultation with a faculty member, writing of a master’s thesis in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding that has previously been approved by the NCR program director. Then, if thesis approved by faculty and oral defense successful, three units replace NCR 591 as culminating event. CR grade insufficient by itself. Choice of area requires prior approval of NCR program director. CR/NC grading.

NCR 600 Graduate Continuation Course (0)
Graduate students who have completed their course work but not their culminating event or who have other requirements remaining for the comple-tion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course. Signature of graduate program director required