This one-year postgraduate programme course interests those, in both the public and private sectors, who are professionally involved in conflict analysis, management and resolution and who wish to study mediation and other non-adversarial dispute and conflict resolution processes (ADRs) which are increasingly a part of legislative and management structures in the EU and internationally. It aims at achieving standards of best practice for those who recognise the value of alternative dispute resolution processes in resolving commercial, community, workplace and other pre-litigation disputes and in minimising damage caused by conflict. Those who complete the programme course will have a deep understanding of the nature of conflict, the various conflict resolution processes available and will know how to apply them.
On successful completion of the programme graduates should be able to:
- Reflect critically on theories concerning the causes and dynamics of conflict in a variety of contexts
- Undertake conflict analysis using appropriate tools
- Understand the role of social and political processes in the dynamics of conflict and its resolution at local and global levels
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes as they are emerging as an alternative to the adversarial system
- Analyse and evaluate the different processes of remedy and redress;
- Acquire practical skills in mediation, restorative justice and other ADRS through practical exercises and role play
Methodology and evaluation:
The assessment is based on two essays of approximately 4,000 – 4,500 words each, a 4,000 – 4,500, reflective log, and on a practical skills-based assessment. One essay focuses on the underlying theory of conflict, the other essay focuses on theories and processes of conflict resolution. The log focuses on the student’s reflection on their learning. The practical assessment focuses on conducting mediation. All modules are weighted in the calculation of the degree mark according to their ECTS credit weighting. To complete qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, students must pass all modules by obtaining satisfactorily a pass mark of 40% must be achieved on the two essays and a ‘satisfactory’ pass grading on the log and practical assessment.
A successful Mediation Roleplay Competency Assessment option at the end of the programme allows students to apply for Certified Mediation status with the Mediators' Institute Ireland.
Normally a 2.1 at undergraduate level in any field. In exceptional circumstance a case for admission can be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies by the programme co-ordinator.
Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gillian Wylie
Gillian Wylie did her MA and PhD at the University of Aberdeen in the fields of Politics and International Relations. She has been working in TCD since 2001 and coordinating the PG Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies since 2011. She teaches on the CDRS modules 'Understanding Conflict' and 'Theories and Processes of Conflict Resolution', with a focus on theories of conflict, tools of conflict analysis and gender analysis of conflict and peace. She also teaches on the Masters in International Peace Studies, offering modules on International Politics and Gender in War and Peace, and supervises many Masters and PhD students. Her primary research interest lies in the area of human trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation in the context of globalisation.
Other Trainers: Mary Rafferty and Lily Regan
The MII accredits mediation training courses which meet set training standards.
The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Mediators keep their knowledge and skills up to date for the benefit of users of their service and for their own personal and professional development.