Unit description

Introduces students to dispute resolution methods used in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, particularly negotiation, mediation and facilitation. Discusses customary Indigenous conflict management methods, such as the prun. Considers the appropriateness and effectiveness of dispute resolution methods and models in Aboriginal communities, including their use in native title and criminal matters.

Unit content

Topic 1: Definitions and concepts
Topic 2: Negotiation and Aboriginal communities
Topic 3: Mediation and Aboriginal communities
Topic 4: The Prun - Indigenous conflict management (part 1)
Topic 5: The Prun - Indigenous conflict management (part 2)
Topic 6: Understanding native title mediation - the legal and administrative framework
Topic 7: A critique of native title mediation and proposed dispute resolution models for native title
Topic 8: Mediation practice in Aboriginal communities
Topic 9: Alternative dispute resolution and Aboriginal family violence
Topic 10: Alternatives in the criminal justice system

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