SALISBURY UNIVERSITY


Master of Arts Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution (MA CADR)

Graduate Course Descriptions

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CADR 500 INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND RESOLUTION [+]
Introduction to the various practices, history and formative theories of the field; basic analytical and conceptual frameworks; and how theory and practice reinforce each other. Explores how values and worldviews shape practices, and will include reflective exercises to identify individual styles, value sets and approaches to conflict and intervention. Three hours per week.
CADR 510 PROBLEM SOLVING, NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION [+]
Explores basic negotiation and problem-solving theory and practice from basic two-party, one-issue disputes to more complex cases requiring additional intervention skills. Familiarizes students with the negotiation process, provides experience with conflict analysis and assessment; examines issues of effective data gathering, identification of stakeholders, and getting people to the negotiation table; and reviews the process of assessment as it relates to selecting appropriate conflict resolution practices. Three hours per week.
CADR 520 STRUCTURAL AND SYSTEMIC CONFLICT AND DISPUTE SYSTEMS [+]
Examines the hidden sources of conflicts that are often embedded in social, legal, political and organizational structures and systems. Emphasizes rules, regulations, roles, contractual obligations, laws, informal agreements and other ties that bind people together to create conflict among individuals and groups. Examines organizations, institutions or governments for root causes of conflict. Three hours per week.
CADR 530 MEDIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE [+]
Engages students in the major debates and nuances of practice in the field, specifically focusing on the interpersonal level of intervention. Distinctions will be made concerning various mediation styles and various schools of thought on how and when to intervene in a case. Students will create models of practice from a wide range of process skills and approaches and will apply process and analytical knowledge to cases possessing various levels of complexity. Prerequisite: CADR 510. Three hours per week.
CADR 540 THEORIES OF CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION [+]
Examines theoretical base relating to conflict sources and conflict intervention. Provides a series of frameworks for analyzing complex conflict dynamics. Three hours per week.
CADR 550 RESEARCH METHODS [+]
Explores various research methods for collecting, tracking, managing, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. Course includes a research project that employs various forms of data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: CADR 500. Three hours per week.
CADR 600 GROUP PROCESSES AND COMPLEX CONFLICTS [+]
Explores the complexities of large group interventions including organizational, intergroup and international work. Topics include large group consensus processes, multi-party arbitration, negotiated rulemaking, external dynamics, engaging multiple levels of government and community, working internationally, and dealing with the media. Prerequisites: CADR 500 and CADR 510. Three hours per week.
CADR 610 WORKSHOPS, TRAINING AND CONFLICT COACHING [+]
Examines services provided by conflict resolution practitioners. Topics include constructing training workshops, coordinating programs for local organizations, and addressing professional development issues such as self marketing, developing and presenting conflict intervention products, developing and maintaining a client base, and writing reports and evaluations. Prerequisite: CADR 500. Three hours per week.
CADR 620 SPECIAL TOPICS [+]
A special topics course with varying content developed in response to faculty and student interests. Three hours per week.
CADR 630 STUDIES IN CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION [+]
Selected areas of study within varied subfields of conflict ananlysis and dispute resolution. Topics will vary in response to faculty and student interests. Three hours per week.
CADR 640 FIELD PRACTICUM I [+]
An intensive, semester-long practicum, focused on practical field-based experiential learning. An academic program coordinator will assist in developing a practicum site and project. The course requires an average of five-six hours per week throughout the semester in addition to the time reserved for classroom activity, reading, and research for the final project. Prerequisites: CADR 500 and CADR 520. Five to six hours per week.
CADR 641 FIELD PRACTICUM II [+]
An advanced self-guided practicum. Students may continue their practicum experience in CADR 640 or create a new practicum experience with faculty approval. The course will require an average of five-six hours per week throughout the semester in addition to the time reserved for classroom activity, reading, and research for the final product. Prerequisite: CADR 640. Five-six hours per week.
CADR 650 RESEARCH THESIS PROJECT [+]
A seminar that assists with the thesis process which leads to a project of publishable quality. Opportunities for peer review and establishing incremental goals are available in this course. Students wishing to conduct a thesis must make this known in their first year of study and must complete and publicly present their thesis prior to the end of their final semester. Prerequisite: CADR 550 and permission of instructor. Three hours per week.
CADR 651 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT [+]
A seminar that helps execute a professional development project. Opportunities for peer review and establishing incremental goals are available in this course. Students wishing to execute a professional development project must make this known in their first year of study and must complete and publicly present their project prior to the end of their final semester. Prerequisite: CADR 610 and permission of instructor. Three hours per week.

 

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