HDCO546-18B (BLK)

Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Te Oranga Human Development and Movement Studies

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Paper Description

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The focus of this paper will be on applying skills of counselling, facilitation and mediation to areas in which meaning is being negotiated, not in a therapeutic sense, as in counselling, but in conflict resolution and interpersonal negotiation. Two particular approaches to conflict resolution, narrative mediation and restorative conferencing, will be the main focus of the paper.

The paper builds on a social constructionist perspective and will draw upon the narrative metaphor as it has been expounded in the literature on narrative therapy and narrative mediation.

The following core concepts underpin the course as a whole:

  • Discourses operate to structure people’s experiences, offering them positions from which to relate to each other.
  • Conflicts or disputes arise through the inevitable articulation of difference.
  • People differ not only in the real conditions and opportunities of their lives but in the stories they draw from to make sense of these differences.
  • It is within language, or more accurately discourse, that we make meaning (or story our experience) through negotiation with others in our language community. Conflict situations often provide us with key opportunities to participate in the creation of new meanings, or new forms of relationship.
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Paper Structure

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The course will consist of three teaching sections:

1. An initial online introduction to the core concepts of the course - on the Moodle site of the paper

2. A week long, face-to-face classroom intensive

3. Discussions and tasks to be completed on the Moodle site of the paper.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • apply the concepts of discourse, positioning, externalising conversations to the task of conceptualising the processes of mediation
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  • have developed and practised to a level of competence the skills of mediation/restorative practice and begun to develop a narrative approach to this area of professional practice
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  • closely analyse and reflect upon their own communication and relational practices in mediation situations - with particular attention to their intentionality and use of ianguage.
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the specific issues at work in dispute resolution contexts, familiarity with a range of approaches to dispute resolution, and make connection between these and their own practice contexts.
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Assessment

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In order to complete the course you will need to:

  1. attend 100% of the classroom intensive
  2. complete all assessment tasks.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
22 Aug 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2
17 Sep 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 3
11 Oct 2018
11:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 4
18 Oct 2018
11:00 PM
20
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Winslade, J. & Monk, G. (2008). Practicing narrative mediation: Loosening the grip of conflict. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass .

Note: This entire book is available to read online. You are able to download up to 42 pages of this e-book. You may want to download selected chapters as PDFs that you want as permanent copies.

Winslade, J. & Williams, M. (2012). Safe and peaceful schools: Addressing conflict & eliminating violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Note: There are two digital copies of this book, each of which can be read by one person at a time. If you can't access the main link because someone else is reading it, you can find the second copy by going to the library main page and typing the title of the book into the search box.

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Recommended Readings

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There is a book of readings for this paper available from 3 July 2018 from Waikato Print.

This can be ordered: - printsales@waikato.ac.nz

Online Reading List will also be available 3 July.

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Online Support

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Students will have access to Moodle.
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Workload

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This paper is worth 30 points at 500 level. It requires 300 hours.

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