University of Technology Sydney

77867 Workplace Dispute Resolution

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies) AND 79771c Dispute Resolution) OR (78101c Postgraduate Legal Research AND 79771 Dispute Resolution) OR ((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 AND 70107c Principles of Company Law AND 79771 Dispute Resolution) 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): 78176 Workplace Dispute Resolution


Disputes in the workplace can have serious consequences for the smooth running and productivity of a business, and the mental, emotional and physical health of the workforce. Workplace dispute resolution provides an efficient and cost-effective method of allowing disputants to be heard and their grievances addressed without negatively affecting the morale of the workplace. Workplace dispute resolution may be used to resolve issues at all levels of an organisation from managers to employees.

This subject explores the applications of dispute resolution theory and practical skills in the workplace. It explores the causes of conflict in the workplace and legislative requirements for dealing with workplace disputes. The relevance of a range of dispute resolution processes and the possible challenges to their implementation are explored. Impediments to changing the dispute resolution culture in the workplace are identified. Dispute resolution models and their design for both the private and public sectors are studied.

The subject frames the common sources of workplace disputes and the dispute resolution processes available in a skill-based and theory-informed block mode intensive format. Through role-plays, exercises and interactive discussion, students critically analyse the legal, ethical and normative issues relating to workplace mediation in Australia. Teaching is in an interactive mode with an emphasis on the use of simulations and role-plays to explore theory. The prime assessment is a research paper selected from a list of current issues and the secondary assessment is a case study presented in a seminar format. Students are also assessed on their participation in workshops and discussions.

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