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Negotiation and Conflict Management

Course
2019-2020

Please note: This course will be offered thrice; once in the first semester in English and twice in the second semester in Dutch and English.

Admission requirements:

This course is an (extracurricular) Honours Class: an elective course within the Honours College programme. Third year students who don’t participate in the Honours College, have the opportunity to apply for a Bachelor Honours Class. Students will be selected based on i.a. their motivation and average grade.

Key words:

Skills: Negotiation, conflict management, cooperation, dispute resolution, analysing conflicts.

Disciplines:Law, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology.

Description:

A society without conflicts is an Utopia! Every day you are introduced to small or complex disputes on different social levels in the world. Conflicts and the way we deal with them play an important part of our personal and professional life. Not only our personal skills are important in dealing with these complex situations. Also understanding of the development of the process and recognition of other aspects which play an important role in solving difficult disagreements will help you to achieve better results.

This Honours Class will introduce you in the science and practice of dispute resolution and negotiation on different social levels (international, business, and personal). You will learn to analyse different conflicts and will be able to train and expand your skills.

Course objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students have:

  • Gained insight in theories on conflict management, negotiation (MGA), and mediation;

  • Learned about the science and practice of dispute resolution and negotiation on different social levels (international, business, and personal);

  • Learned to analyze different conflict;

  • Developed their negotiation skills in simulations;

  • Developed their mediation skills in role plays.

Programme and timetable:

Time table (with previso):

Spring (Dutch)

Thursday 6 February 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 13 February 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 20 February 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 5 March 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs (back up)
Thursday 12 March 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 19 March 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs
Thursday 26 March 2020 17.00-21.00 hrs

Spring (English)

Thursday 14 May 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday 28 May 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday 4 June 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday 11 June 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday 18 June 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs
Thursday 25 June 2020 17.00 - 21.00 hrs

Programme:
Session 1: Introduction on conflict management;
Session 2: Negotiation and simulation;
Session 3: Mutual Gains Approach with guest lectures by mr. F. Evers and prof. L. Susskind (MIT);
Session 4: Mediation (workshop);
Session 5: Mediation (workshop);
Session 6: Roleplay.

This course will be offered thrice; once in the first semester in English and twice in the second semester in Dutch and English. The 6 lectures will take place on Thursday evening from 17.00 to 21.00. For the third edition lectures are scheduled on Thurday evenings as well as Tuesday evenings, 17-21 hrs.

Location:

Old Observatory, Leiden,. Rooms A007 and A006, except for 14 November. On 14 November the meeting will take place in room c005.

Reading list:

  • “Good for You and Great for me” by Lawrence Susskind (Mandatory Literature)

Other possible literature will be announced in class or via Blackboard.

Course load and teaching method:

This course is worth 5 ECTS, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

Assessment methods:

The assessment methods will look as follows:

  • 70% individual assignment of 2000 words;

  • 30% group assignment of 3000 words.

Students could only pass this course after successful completion of all partial exams.

Blackboard:

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard page one weeks prior to the start of the course.

Registration process:

Enrolling in this course for the first semester is possible from Monday the 19th of August up to and including Thursday the 5th of September until 23:59 o'clock through the Honours Academy. Enrolling in this course for the second semester is possible from Monday the 4th of November up to and including Thursday the 14th of November until 23:59 o'clock through the Honours Academy.
The registration link will be posted on the student website of the Honours Academy.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Bachelor Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally after successful completion of the Bachelor Honours Class.

Contact:

Dr. Wendy Versteeg: wendyversteeg@casema.nl.