CRES Core Courses

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Adjudication & CourtsCapstoneCross Cultural Dynamics in Conflict ResolutionMediationNegotiation, Bargaining & PersuasionPerspectives on Conflict ResolutionPhilosophy of Conflict Resolution l Professional Development  l Psychology of ConflictResearch Methodology


The required core curriculum includes skills-based and theoretical coursework which give you base knowledge in conflict resoution. You'll build on this base and apply the skills you learn in your conflict resoltuion sector of practice.


Please note, the schedule below reflects the core course order for 2019/20. Course order and/or format may change year to year.

Fall Term

CRES 613 Perspectives on Conflict Resolution (4 credits) Graded

Our program and the field of conflict resolution treat conflict as primary to human exchange and explores how its trajectory and management contribute to social justice and injustice. You will use multiple learning strategies to confront the  underlying conditions that give rise to social conflict and shape it management. Syllabus

CRES 614 Negotiation, Bargaining, and Persuasion (4 credits) Graded

This course explores how negotiations work, what makes negotiators effective, why negotiations fail and how to identify and manage pitfalls in the negotiation process. This skills-based course focuses on developing your observational and analytical skills with respect to negotiation. You’ll also improve your negotiation skill in a chosen area.  PDF iconSyllabus

CRES 615 Cross Cultural Dynamics in Conflict Resolution (4 credit) Graded

This course will help you develop further understanding of the role of racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, linguistic, and other identities in cross cultural understanding and conflict resolution. You will have an opportunity to explore your own identities and social location as well as learn from other perspectives to examine biases that may limit your approach to particular case studies. The course raises awareness of biases, prejudices, and direct and indirect institutional discrimination that are often implicated in conflictive situations. It explores creative ways to engage ‘difference’ as a central assumption in conflict resolution. PDF iconSyllabus

CRES 633 Professional Development Seminar (1 credit) Pass/No Pass

This course provides you with tools to be successful in the CRES program and in the professional world. You will learn specific skills to explore and apply for internships and jobs including: researching career fields and opportunities; learning from professionals; writing professional resumes, cover letters and other documents; and interviewing.  Syllabus

Winter Term

LAW 725 Mediation (4.5 Credits) Graded

The class explores how mediations work, what makes mediators effective, why mediations may not reach agreement, and how to identify and manage strengths and weaknesses in the mediation process. This is an interactive skills-based course that  focuses on analyzing and improving your mediation skills. In-class exercises encourage you to use introspection, to think on your feet, to analyze what went well and what could have gone better in a real-time mediation, to learn how others handle similar challenges, to experiment with different ways of approaching thorny issues, and to give and receive constructive feedback. This course is structured to also satisfy the Oregon basic mediation training requirement.  PDF iconSyllabus

CRES 618 Adjudication and Courts (2 credits) Graded

This course will explore the U.S. legal system’s organizational structure, conceptual foundations, and guiding principles through the use of legal materials and narrative. You will understand how the legal system operates as a dispute resolution system and will develop comfort with key terminology and concepts. You’ll understand the basic features of the system and to equip yourself for intelligent conversation about that system.

Admitted concurrent JD students are not required to take this course.

CRES 632 Research Methodology (3 credits) Graded

The course is intended to help you become critical, sophisticated consumers and producers of empirical research. The course covers different approaches to performing empirical research, that is, different research methods. The course will provide you with the tools to determine whether the research approach reported in a journal article or book is the appropriate approach in light of the researchers’ research goal. It will allow you to assess the weaknesses and strengths of different empirical research methods. The course will provide you with the knowledge to evaluate whether research was properly designed and carried out in a manner to support the researchers’ conclusions. The course also addresses data analysis and interpretation of the results of that analysis. PDF iconSyllabus

Spring Term

CRES 612 Philosophy of Conflict Resolution (4 credits) Graded

This course addresses some basic concepts of conflict resolution and their philosophical presuppositions. It is not a comprehensive survey of topics or theories in the field; it is selective in its approach, but in ways that mean to provoke reflection on the methods and aims of conflict resolution as a whole. We cover a number of contemporary problems ranging from restorative and transitional justice to the meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation in personal and political contexts to the historical relation between law and alternative methods of dispute resolution.  PDF iconSyllabus

CRES 625 Psychology of Conflict (4 credits) Graded

This class will explore an empirically grounded perspective on the psychological dimensions of intra-personal, interpersonal, intra- and inter-group conflict. It is intended to provide an overview of issues related to human aggression, conflict, violence, and peace based on the premise that an understanding of these issues can contribute to a greater understanding of and ability to manage conflict between individuals, groups and societies. In this capacity, you will examine a variety of psychological concepts and how they relate to both the theory and practice of conflict resolution. PDF iconSyllabus


Second Year Courses

CRES 650 Capstone Seminar (1 credit) Pass/No Pass

This course is designed to help you complete your thesis or terminal project (final project). You’ll gauge the tasks and time needed to complete your final project and implement a work and time management system. You will identify and work to overcome obstacles to completing your Final Project. You’ll reflect on challenges of writing an completing a complex project. You’ll assess how your final project relates to your career goals.  You’ll articulate how your final project and CRES degree adds value to a potential employer’s organization. You’ll help other students reflect on their level of progress, tasks ahead, and obstacles to completing their thesis or terminal project. Syllabus

Required if you are pursuing a thesis or terminal project. Offered each fall term.

CRES 651 Academic Capstone (1 credit) Pass/No Pass

With the aid of the language of the field of interdisciplinary studies (IDS), you will synthesize or integrate in a Summary Report the expertise that you have gained through the course concentration, consider how this expertise can be used to advance your career, and complete their oral defense. You will read other student’s summary reports, offer written feedback, attend each other's oral defense, and ask questions or make comments during these defenses. PDF iconSyllabus

Required if you are pursuing a course concentration. Offered each spring term.


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