Hungary, Budapest

Mediation Theory and Skills

when 3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 400

This intensive one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.

Through lecture, discussion, demonstration and role-plays, students will be introduced to mediation theory and skills and examine the impact of culture and context on the consensus-building approach adopted. The interactive presentation of the material is designed to showcase teaching and training models to those course participants who want to develop programs in their own countries. Participants should come prepared for a highly engaging learning experience. Applicants who have the means and ability to teach and train in transition countries will be given preference for acceptance.

Case examples will focus on both civil and criminal mediation models and scenarios from both the United States and Central and Eastern Europe, including efforts to promote dialogue in times of crisis involving high-conflict situations and inter-ethnic tensions.

Mediation is a newly emerging field in both the west and the east. Legislation mandating the use of mediation has outpaced the development of both theory and practice, and this course is designed in part to fill that gap, cultivating scholars, teachers, trainers, and practitioners in this developing and important arena.

Course leader

Sharon B. Press, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, USA
Faculty
James R. Coben, Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota, USA; Kinga Göncz, Former
Minister of Foreig Affairs of Hungary; Markus Petsche, Departme

Target group

The program encourages applications from junior and middle career faculty as well as graduate students and professionals in law, social science, public administration, psychology, social work, public policy, political science, government and labor relations. The course attracts students from around the world, allowing participants to explore conflict resolution from diverse perspectives and contexts.

While this is an introductory course for mediation theory and skills, it is offered not only for students wanting such an introduction, but also for mediation teachers and professionals who want to examine theories of mediation and tools to implement mediation training.

The course also may also be attractive to students who are enrolled in the 1 week International Business Negotiation course taught by Professor Sharon B. Press and others. For a student who is interested in the field of alternative dispute resolution, being able to complete a course in negotiation and mediation in two weeks would be very useful.

Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Course aim

This intensive one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars,
practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program
provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.

Credits info

1 ECTS
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 400: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 360: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2017

Scholarships

This summer course is financed through tuition fees and will not be able to offer any scholarships or tuition waivers.