This list provides a sampling of the graduate elective courses that are available through the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master's Program. For information on current course offerings, see the UO Class Schedule (select the appropriate term and search on "CRES").
For more information on these courses, please contact us.
Conflict and Gender
This course focuses on the multiple relationships among conflict, violence, and gender in situations of warfare, militarization, and peacemaking. Syllabus
Conflicts of Incarceration
Addresses issues of crime, incarceration, and justice within the Western context. Syllabus
Dialogue Across Differences 1 & 2
Experiential workshop exploring the theory and practice of dialogue as a tool for dealing with group conflicts and differing perspectives. Dialogue is a process which is different from other forms of group engagement in a variety of ways, and has wide utility in multiple arenas. The skills involved in dialogue cross disciplines and purposes. This course will explore the process and content of dialogue work, including formats, skills, and processes involved and various cases where it has been utilized. Syllabus 1 Syllabus 2
Environmental Conflict Resolution
Examines the use of collaborative approaches to conflicts over environmental & natural resources & environ. decision making. Look at the history of environ. decision making, legal context of environ. disputes, & explore the risks & benefits of collaborative & adversarial approaches to the challenging issues of development & environ. protection.This course will focus on the theoretical & doctrinal issues. Syllabus
This course focuses on the practical skills of family mediation, introducing students to the practice of family mediation with a specific focus on divorce and child custody mediation. Students are expected to critically engage in discussions, as the class explores the role of mediation in family conflicts. Syllabus
Improv for Dispute Resolution Syllabus
This graduate seminar provides an experiential opportunity to learn and explore various dimensions of improvisational techniques that are useful in dispute resolution settings. The class will use a variety of activities, techniques and exercises to develop improvisational skills and to debrief the potency and application of these skills in professional contexts.
Restorative Justice (Inside/Out Prison Exchange Course)
A unique opportunity for 15 “inside” (students inside OSP) and 15 “outside” (UO) students to participate in an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course. This course provides a critical introduction to the principles and practices of restorative justice. (Course Information and I/O Application for Fall 2018 - Due to the CRES Office (Knight Law Center 137 by 5pm on May 10th) Syllabus
This course focuses on the multiple relationships among conflict, violence, and gender in situations of warfare, militarization, and peacemaking. Course topics include biological, psychological, and sociocultural theories of gender and conflict. These topics will be examined through cross-cultural case studies. Syllabus
Law of Settlement Syllabus
This one-week survey course engages in an exploration of the legal aspects of settling litigated cases. It aims to equip students with an introduction to the range of legal, practical, and strategic considerations facing those who would settle a case.
Managing Conflict in Organizations
Examine the nature and causes of conflict in the organizational/workplace setting and approaches to effective conflict management and resolution, including conflict as an organizational resource to improve relationships and systems, psychological and structural roots of conflict, and how to more effectively manage and resolve problems at the structural and interpersonal levels. Syllabus
Conflict Transformation Northern Ireland
This course will use Northern Ireland as a primary case to focus on social conflict, territorial disputes, and options for moving toward political accommodations. This course in offered in partnership with the UO Geography Department. Syllabus
The University of Oregon School of Law, the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) have joined together to create a clinical opportunity for students to apply their respective skills while offering a valuable service to the Oregon nonprofit community. In this clinic, students will (1) learn about nonprofits in action; (2) engage with expert consultants, executive directors, and boards of directors; and (3) build pathways to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations. Syllabus
Working Abroad: Culture and Context
Course intended for students who plan/hope to do internships, field research, or work abroad. Topics include how to prepare for the experience, issues of safety, housing, & other pragmatics; culture shock; historical, economic & political contexts, including the legacy of colonialism & post-colonialism; issues of identity, self and other. Students work on individual projects. Syllabus