4 to 7 page (double-spaced)
Writing assignments – The Paper should be double-spaced, with 1” borders, and 12- point font. Also, please put page numbers at the bottom of each page.
The grade on your Paper will be determined by how well you demonstrate that you’ve learned the concepts, principles and theories from class lectures, readings, and exercises in a Paper as described below: Take a “real life” negotiation or dispute resolution experience from your own life or from the outside world in Congress such as systematic racism, unequally division (that you read about in the news, for example). It might have occurred in the past, or it might be ongoing. Apply the principles, concepts, and theories discussed in the course materials as you explain how the issue(s) involved might be most reasonably, efficiently, and fairly resolved.
Examples from past papers:
- Following is a description of a dispute whose ‘resolution’ was a complete disaster; I will be writing about how one might approach the same matter now, using the ADR tools and theories from the course.§
- I currently work (or have worked in the past) at an organization where I observed a particular issue being negotiated. In this paper I will discuss how that negotiation could have been addressed differently, and perhaps more effectively, based on what I have learned in the course.
- After presenting a brief description of a dispute or difficult situation, I will discuss—given the three options of mediation, negotiation, and arbitration— why I would choose _ as the most appropriate vehicle for resolution, and why the other two vehicles might not work as well. Role play simulations and other experiential exercisesYou will be required to participate in class exercises and role plays.
You will not be graded on the outcomes or results of these exercises and role plays. You will, however, be graded on your application of the principles of various alternative ADR Tools. Mediation, Arbitration mainly discussed in this class.
Reference Book: Alternatives to Litigation: Mediation, Arbitration and the Art of Dispute Resolution