REC3100 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

Human tendency is to focus on the issues that divide society and community. Hence, throughout human history, local and global wars have caused the loss of millions lives, the destruction of civilization and hope. This course examines the root causes of conflict, effective methods and skills of negotiation, art of mediation, to achieve peace and stability for mutually enriching coexistence. Students will examine cultural norms and values that enhance prejudice, superiority conflict, dominance, and conflict in various cultural contexts. By sharpening cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of human beings without bias, the course provides knowledge and skill of conflict resolution.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course strengthen the students skill in understanding the source of conflict, arts of negotiation, the role of a mediator, the role of cultural norms and values in developing personality and worldview, the beauty of unity in diversity. The course equips students with a broader understanding of the world community and be instrument of peace and social stability.

Why This Course Is Important:

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills is an ever demanding, evolving, and involving profession that requires creativity, flexibility, integrity, wisdom and determination. The course clarifies to be proactive is a better approach to conflict resolution than to be a reactive. Students will have an opportunity to the history of conflicts in various parts of the world, to the negotiation and reconciliation processes that worked and failed.