Mediation: Theory and Practice (Advanced) module (LW41031)

Learn about the theory and practice of mediation which is the involvement of a neutral third party in assisting disputing parties reach a voluntary agreement

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Mediation is the theory and practice that occurs when using a neutral third party to reach a voluntary agreement between disputing parties. It emphasises communication, negotiation, and collaborative problem-solving, aiming to resolve conflicts efficiently.

This module looks at mediation in the context of Scotland and England. Material from other jurisdictions, such as the USA are also used.

As mediation is ultimately about communication, the module also focuses on oral and written communication skills.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about the causes of conflict and how mediation might be used to resolve it
  • learn introductory negotiation theories with a focus on principled negotiation
  • learn about the main principles of mediation. You will also consider different mediation models used by mediation practitioners
  • explore different mediation skills (e.g. listening and formulating questions)
  • learn and try out practical skills using role-plays
  • read and discuss academic articles to critique aspects of mediation

Assignments / assessment

  • written assignment (40%)
  • oral examination (60%)

Teaching methods / timetable

This module will be delivered through student-led seminars based on prior reading to encourage a high level of engagement.

You will also be expected to take part in practical exercises (e.g. role-play), to apply the theories you learn to practical case studies.

This module is available at Levels 3 and 4. You are only able to take one version of this module. Your adviser of studies will help you choose.


This module is available on following courses: