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Mediation (LLB397)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description Introduction to the knowledge and skills associated with mediation as it is practised in Australia including family law, commercial disputes, neighbourhood disputes and through court referrals. Examine the framework governing the practice of mediation and issues associated with its use such as privacy and confidentiality, power imbalances, mediator training and competency and the enforceability of mediated agreements. Develop communication and other skills necessary for participating in mediations, whether as a party, a representative of a party or as a mediator.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the process of mediation including the steps involved.
2. Describe the current uses of mediation in Australia and the legal frameworks governing them.
3. Understand the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a mediator.
4. Have a basic understanding of how to facilitate mediation session between disputing parties.
5. Understand the further knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities you would need to be able to practice as a mediator in the community.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 24 hours taught intensively over 1 week (taught in the study free week in S2)
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. Practical activities will provide students with an opportunity to engage collectively with topics in the unit and to test their understanding.
Assessment An essay and exam, or some other combination of assessments, will test students' understanding of the process of mediation including the steps involved; the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a mediator; and the further knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities you would need to be able to practice as a mediator in the community.
Prerequisites All Part 1 units in the LLB.
Exclusions Students who have completed LAW307/LEG307/LEG397 Mediation may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to interactive teaching methods. No admission requirements; students will be accepted until the quota is full.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Sonia Walker
Head of Discipline Law and Criminology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2975
e: S.Walker@murdoch.edu.au
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