CRES Final Projects

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Thesis: This option is a formal theoretical academic paper.  Theoretical academic papers involve the exploration of a fundamental research question.  The paper may take the form of a literature review, policy paper, academic article, or other approved approach.  Students who hope to build careers in academia or plan to pursue a Ph.D. education doctoral degree may be especially interested in the thesis option.

Terminal Project: This is a practical project that focuses on the application of practice-oriented learning.  This may involve the design of a practical project or it may also encompass implementation of the project. Project design and implementation must be done with advisor supervision.  Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) the design and documentation of a systems-level dispute resolution instrument, the creation of a handbook, the creation and delivery of a curriculum, or an extended program evaluation based on the student’s internship experiences.

Course Concentration: This is a set or sequence of 3 to 4 courses (totaling at least 9 credits) and the 1-credit CRES 610 Academic Capstone course, taken over at least two terms. This option is designed to allow students to develop specialized or domain-specific knowledge and expertise that will complement the conflict resolution theory and skills they have learned in the program (in addition to the CRES elective requirement) and help prepare them to apply that theory and skillset to a particular problem or in a particular substantive domain.


The field of conflict resolution is broad, ranging from the interpersonal to the international, from family disputes and workplace conflict to environmental/public policy decision making. The interests of our students reflect this broad scope. Here are some examples of the subjects our students have pursued in their final projects:

- North American Groundwater Disputes: A Study Of The Impact Of Exempt Wells

- Increasing Latino Participation In Local Government Processes: An Examination Of Latino Resident Participation In The Trainsong Neighborhood Association

- A Survey Of The Issues Pertaining To Child Custody And Child Support

- The Role of Custom and Culture in Tribal Courts

- The Current State Of Women Leaders In Sports Business & Prescriptive Strategies For Gender Inclusion

- A Protracted Conflict: Palestinians And Their Right To Work In Lebanon

- Women In Peace Building In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

- E-Negotiations: Making The Adjustment From Face-To-Face Negotiations To Negotiating Via E-Mail

- Creative Settlement Terms In Judicial Settlement Conferences

- Matters Of Trust: The Importance Of Trust-Building For Sustainable Community-Based Organizations In Western Kenya

- The Federal Arbitration Act And How It Grew

- Reframing An Intractable Conflict: Palestinians And Their Right To Work In Lebanon

- Negotiating Beauty. Why Attractive Negotiators Have the Edge.

- The West Eugene Collaborative: Consensus Planning for the Future of West Eugene

- An Assessment on the Role of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and Technology Assisted Group Solutions (TAGS) in Schools

- Patent Reform Through A Green-Colored Lens: Saving the Planet Through Better (Access to) Technology

- A Question Of Priorities: A Critical Analysis Of The Existing Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy And Culture In The National Football League, And The Players' Association's Failure To Address The Question In The Collective Bargaining Agreement

- The Naito Family Business: A Case Study Of Conflict in a Family Business

- Oregon Welfare Programs And The Adoption Of Dr. Ford's Collaborative Model Of Case Management

- Generational conflict in the Latino/a immigrant community and the use of parenting classes as a conflict resolution methodology

- Take Your Last Best Shot: How Last Best Offer Package Interest Arbitration Affects Bargaining for Strike-Prohibited Employee Groups in Oregon

- Adopting Narrative Mediation in Protracted International Conflict: Transcending the relational and emotional hurdles to resolution in inter-group conflicts (with case studies of Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and The Republic of Georgia)