Master of Arts in Psychology, Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Master of Arts in Psychology, Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Master of Arts in Psychology, Mediation and Conflict Resolution


(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

PSY 6290 Learning Theory & Behavioral Applications
This course surveys traditional areas of learning theory, including classical and instrumental conditioning paradigms, motivation, reinforcement variables, stimulus discrimination, generalization and transfer, habituation, and memory. Also reviewed are models of social learning theory, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal. Behavioral approaches to therapy that focus on modifying specific, observable behaviors, using the principles of learning theory such as systematic desensitization, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts
This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting practicing professionals. Topics related to ethics, standards of practice, and professional conduct are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision-making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision-making. Students also examine the professional code of ethics for their professional discipline.

ORG 5600 Theories of Conflict
This course will introduce students to conflict resolution and mediation theories, approaches to resolving conflict, and tools available to mediate solutions to conflict. Topics include negotiation approaches and conflict mediation involving individuals, couples, families, teams, groups, organizations and communities.

ORG 5601 Diagnosing Conflict
This course focuses on the methods available to examine the causes of conflict. Topics include theories of the dynamics that lead to conflict, power in families, teams, organizations, and communities, and outcomes of conflict. Emphasis is upon understanding the origins of conflict as a means to designing effective ways to resolve conflict through mediation rather than adversarial confrontation.

ORG 6650 Managing Conflict: Intra- & Interpersonal
Students begin the course with an examination of their own beliefs and approaches to conflict, using instruments designed to assess individuals' perspectives on conflict. The course also emphasizes how people's feelings, thoughts, and behaviors can produce interpersonal conflict, and how individual differences and diversity of cultural and familial backgrounds impact individuals' approaches to conflict.

ORG 5605 Communication Strategies for Conflict Resolution & Mediation
Mediation of conflict often relies on a variety of effective communication strategies and approaches students will explore in this course: dialogue, mediation, negotiation, and arbitration. The course emphasizes making wise choices of message, timing, and media for communicating to parties in conflict. Techniques include recognizing when parties are approaching states in which conflict resolution is likely to succeed based on what and how they are communicating.

ORG 6651 Managing Group & Organizational Conflict
Students will develop collaborative solutions, explore models, and learn strategies to address group and organizational conflict resolution. The course also deals with the increasingly complex challenges and issues groups and organizations face, which require shared solutions, developed through broad constituency engagement. Topics include methodologies for resolving conflicts in larger organizational, institutional, and community contexts.

ORG 6655 Intercultural, Societal & Global Conflict Resolution & Mediation*
Conflicts in cultural interaction often result from ethnocentrism. This course addresses conflict resolution in the context of ethnocentrism through the application of cultural relativity approach, evaluating conflict in various global cultures based upon the values held closely within diverse cultures. Students are challenged to think beyond cultural awareness and accepting diversity to celebrating diversity among cultures as a means to enrich best practices in mediation and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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