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Master of Dispute Resolution

Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution
Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

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CSU’s Master of Dispute Resolution provides a comprehensive, academically rigorous program for those seeking a specialist postgraduate qualification in dispute resolution and mediation with additional business, management or human resource studies. Our dynamic and innovative program assists students develop the knowledge and skills to analyse, manage, mediate and resolve conflict in a wide variety of contexts.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's academics are conflict management and resolution practitioners with extensive practical experience. Conflict and dispute resolution skills are now recognised as essential for relationships to function on community, national and international levels. Professionals involved in areas such as human resource management, law, teaching, social work and support agencies within government, business and the not-for-profit sector require a knowledge and understanding of conflict and the process of dispute resolution.

    The Master of Dispute Resolution is designed to meet the needs of people engaged across a wide range of business, legal and human resource professions, including those in public service and voluntary roles who seek to gain knowledge and understanding of the cause and effect of conflict and the process and techniques for dispute resolution applicable to their workplace settings.

    Flexible study options

    Our flexible learning environment allows students to study this program by distance education from anywhere in the world. All subjects in the Master of Dispute Resolution program are taught using a range of blended learning techniques that may include online education study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings, subject forums and additional study resources. You can choose to study just one subject in an academic session or, with approval from your Course Director, fast-track degree completion by undertaking up to four subjects per session.

    This course is offered across a three-session academic year, with sessions commencing in February, July and November each year.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities include arbitrator, manager, negotiator and dispute mediator professional to support a range of discipline areas including law, business, politics, international trade, industrial relations and human resources, health and education. Roles are located in government, not-for-profit and industry or corporate settings with opportunities to establish consultancy practices.

  • Professional recognition

    Resolution Institute (formed by the merger of LEADR and IAMA), a recognised mediator accreditation body, regards the four core subjects of the Master of Dispute Resolution as meeting the necessary educational requirements for graduates to apply to be accredited by Resolution Institute to the national standard.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Credit will be granted for all subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution and the Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution

    Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Organisational Coaching and Leadership courses will be given guaranteed entry and full credit into the Master of Dispute Resolution

     

    To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their Application for Admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline / curriculum of those subjects.

  • Subjects

    To assist you with your subject selection you can download the Dispute Resolution course structure summary.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure
     Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution

    The Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution consists of four (4) core subjects and four (4) restricted electives.

    Core Subjects
    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Restricted Electives

    Choose three (3) from the following:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

    PLUS

    Choose one (1) from the list below or from any level 5 subject from the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences or other relevant study including Justice, Public Policy, Family Dispute Resolution, Health and Human Services.

    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM531 Organisational Politics & Culture & Change Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    HRM560 Human resource development
    HRM563 Developing Organisational Capabilities
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR504 Industrial Relations and the Legal Environment
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT517 Advanced Research Methods
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT565 Business Research Project (16)
    MGT582 Managing Sustainability Effectively
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

    Master of Dispute Resolution

    The Master of Dispute Resolution consists of four (4) core subjects (ie: the Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution) and eight (8) restricted electives.

    Core subjects
    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Restricted Electives

    Choose four (4) of the subjects specified below:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

    PLUS

    Choose four (4) of the subjects specified below which includes subjects not undertaken as part of the above requirements:

    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM531 Organisational Politics & Culture & Change Management
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    HRM560 Human resource development
    HRM563 Developing Organisational Capabilities
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems & Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR504 Industrial Relations and the Legal Environment
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT517 Advanced Research Methods
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT565 Business Research Project (16)
    MGT582 Managing Sustainability Effectively
    MGT584 Leadership in Business
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW540 Australian Law and Legal System
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills
    GPM506 Executive Leadership (16)
    GPM507 Global Law Enforcement
    GPM510 Cyber Security: Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare in the 21st Century
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in the Human Services (16)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Services Organisations
    JST520 Theories of Crime & Deviance
    JST532 Juvenile Justice 1 - context
    JST533 Juvenile Justice 2 - Practice
    JST535 Crime Prevention and Young People
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    LES501 Issues in Leisure and Health
    LES510 Project Management in Community Leisure and Health (16)
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PKM562 Environmental Policy
    SSC502 Ethics, Law and Medical Science
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
    WEL522 Addiction Studies

    Student choice can be guided by the following suggested areas of interest.

    Industrial Relations:

    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations System and Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    HR Management:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

    Research in Dispute Resolution:

    HRM507 Research Methods or MBA507 Business Research Methods
    MGT517 Advanced Research Methods
    MGT565 Business Research Project (16)

    With permission from the Course Director students may elect to take up to four subjects from the following areas of interest where relevant to career.

    Family Dispute Resolution:

    Students may select from a range of units offered by AIRS (Australian Institute for Relationship Studies - Relationships Australia NSW) focussing on family dispute resolution. Subjects chosen must be approved by the Course Director prior to enrolment to ensure that credit can be granted for these studies in the Master of Dispute Resolution.

    Human Services:

    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS521 Practice Leadership in the Human Services (16)
    HCS531 Leading Service Development in Human Services Organisations
    SSC502 Ethics, Law and Medical Science
    WEL522 Addiction Studies

    Juvenile Justice:

    JST532 Juvenile Justice 1 - context
    JST533 Juvenile Justice 2 - Practice
    JST535 Crime Prevention and Young People
    WEL420 Working in Child Protection
    JST520 Theories of Crime & Deviance

    Leisure and Health:

    LES501 Issues in Leisure and Health
    LES510 Project Management in Community Leisure and Health (16)

    Policing, Law Enforcement and Intelligence (students must be engaged or employed in one of these areas to be eligible for these subjects):

    GPM506 Executive Leadership (16)
    GPM507 Global Law Enforcement
    GPM510 Cyber Security: Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare in the 21st Century

    Public Sector / Public Policy:

    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    PKM562 Environmental Policy

    Organisational Coaching and Leadership

    This course comprises 12 subjects as follows:

    Core subjects:

    XXX51C Level 5 Unspecified Credit (based on completion of IECL Organisational Coaching Theory to Practice 1 subject)
    XXX51C Level 5 Unspecified Credit (based on completion of IECL Organisational Coaching Theory to Practice 2 subject)
    XXX51C Level 5 Unspecified Credit (based on completion of IECL Principles of Organisational Coaching subject)
    XXX51C Level 5 Unspecified Credit (based on completion of IECL Advanced Coaching Practice subject)
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    MGT584 Leadership in Business
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics

    Plus the following three (3) subjects if not undertaken as part of the Graduate Diploma of Organisational Coaching and Leadership

    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results

    Restricted Electives

    Choose two (2) subjects from:

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results

    Plus any of the following to complete a total of twelve (12) subjects for the Master of Dispute Resolution

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills
    Enrolment pattern
    Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution

    Suggested enrolment over three session. Students may vary subject to availability of subjects.

    Session 1

    HRM540 Theories of Conflict Resolution

    Session 2

    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution

    Session 3

    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes & Uses

    Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution

    Due to the flexibility in subject choice there is no specified enrolment pattern. Students are recommended to complete the subjects listed in the Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution before continuing on to elective subjects.

    Master of Dispute Resolution

    Due to the flexibility in subject choice there is no specified enrolment pattern.
  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Master of Dispute Resolution applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent). Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution, Graduate Certificate in Organisational Coaching and Leadership or the Graduate Diploma of Organisational Coaching and Leadership on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master of Dispute Resolution and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBDW
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBDW

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 96 points (twelve subjects).

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    The School of Accounting and Finance offers subjects across a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, financial planning and law, in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Subject material, incorporating industry specific learning and teaching aids, is kept up-to-date to ensure the latest issues and topics are included. Many of the staff within the School are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories taught in subjects and their application in the workplace. Courses are practically focused, and include workplace learning, either through work placements or case studies in our undergraduate courses, or practical work related assessment in our postgraduate areas. This ensures graduates are work-ready and equipped with qualifications recognised globally. The School is committed to providing quality teaching informed by research and backed by a supportive learning environment. The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.


  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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