Skip to Content


Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution is a very practical course designed to give students a first-hand interaction with a number of the different structured ways to resolve disputes that exist.  The course is taught by way of a weekly lecture which focuses on an explanation of theory and rationale followed by role play tutorials, where students engage in negotiations and mediations in particular.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Derek Auchie

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LS2501 Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will be taught in seminars, where active student participation will be expected. Seminars will take place once per week and will last for two hours to accommodate role play of case studies.
Role plays will involve students familiarising themselves with case study scenarios which disclose facts and circumstances as known to one party to the dispute. Students will be expected to use this information to prepare for interviewing, negotiation and/or mediation of disputes. Students will have the opportunity to undertake role-played exercises for practice in class before submitting to an assessed role-play.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Negotiation role-play (60%), written examination which students complete at home in a fixed timescale (40%).

Resit: If a student does not achieve a pass of 9 when all elements of assessment are taken into account, a resit attempt will be offered in respect of the elements not passed at first attempt.

Formative Assessment

Students carry out a self analysis of approach to dispute resolution using a psychometric testing tool, for personal information, and feedback is given on the limitations of such a tool, but the benefit of reflecting on personal approaches to and perceptions of disputes. Students are required to search for web sources providing guidance on approaches to negotiation of disputes.

Students perform role plays in class on which immediate feedback is given on skills and effective use of dispute resolution process.


All classes are interactive and involve role play for experiential learning. Immediate verbal feedback is given to participants, who also carry out informal peer evaluation under staff guidance.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.