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78138 Facilitation

Requisite(s): (78101c Postgraduate Legal Research AND 79771 Dispute Resolution) OR ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04147 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07074 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies) AND 79771 Dispute Resolution) OR (70107c Principles of Company Law AND 79771 Dispute Resolution AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law AND 79771 Dispute Resolution)
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Anti-requisite(s): 78137 Facilitation


Facilitative processes are used in the resolution of a broad range of multi-party disputes where mediation and conciliation processes are not indicated. The subject examines the design and use of these processes in:

  • the public arena, such as environmental and other multi-party disputes involving governmental and quasi-governmental, social and community concerns
  • the juvenile and adult criminal justice system
  • family and civil law systems, such as in the resolution of family welfare disputes and multi-party family or community-based disputes
  • schools and other educational organisations and other institutions where the needs of community behaviour require disciplinary systems that are both restorative and educational.

This subject covers the range of facilitative processes and techniques applied to the resolution of disputes in both the public and private arenas. Students are introduced to the extensive scholarship, strategies and skills that are required for the resolution of disputes using consultative, consensus-seeking and restorative processes with the assistance of a facilitator.

Facilitation is taught over a four-day intensive block that is designed to provide a participatory and engaging approach to learning and applying facilitative theory and practice. Through case studies, role-plays and exercises, students engage with, and practise, different approaches and skills used in facilitative processes. Interactive lectures and group discussions assist students to explore the concept that a process, required to address concerns of parties to a dispute, can provide a satisfying and effective outcome that also has the possibility of being transformative for the participants and for the community. The subject also involves students in the critical study of the scholarship, the philosophy and values, the skills and the issues arising out of the application of these facilitative processes. Finally, students may choose their area of research for a written paper and seminar presentation.

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