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Conflict Resolution Institute


Graduate Degree Program Overview


Delete: For the most current and accurate information regarding degree requirements, graduation requirements, and course descriptions, please download our MA Student Handbook.

Basic Courses offered annually 

1. INTS 4920 Conflict and Conflict Resolution (4 credits) 

 *Take first term of enrollment

A course focusing on literature drawn from diplomatic history, sociology, psychology, organizational behavior, and international politics; on theories of conflict and conflict resolution, including holistic, socio-cultural conditioning and norms, and personality influences as alternative means to understanding negotiation and bargaining in varying contexts. Students apply practical fundamentals of negotiating and particular problem-solving techniques.

2. CRES 4221 Negotiation Theory & Practice (4 credits) 
*Take first term of enrollment

The course presents the theoretical groundwork for understanding the nature, strategy and tactics of various negotiation approaches including the role of time, information and power in negotiation situations, and an understanding of the way ethics, perceptions, and communication forms affect negotiation process and outcomes. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion and role-play exercises.

3. CRES 4225 Conciliation and Reconciliation (4 credits)

A course through the Conflict Resolution Program (traditional DU Program). Builds on concepts and themes introduced in CRES 4222, including further analysis and critique of the roles of third parties in conflict intervention. Values, motives, resources, and third-party competencies are considered, along with ethical guidelines and the issues of power, neutrality, gender, and culture as they affect third-party functioning.

4. COMN 4310 Communication and Collaboration  (4 credits)

A course given through the Department of Communication. 

A review of contemporary theories and applications. Please note: As a Conflict Resolution student, you are not always guaranteed registration in advance and may be wait-listed until the term begins. COMN 4010 Relational Communications or COMN 4700 Identity and Relationships (5 credits each) may be substituted, although students are strongly encouraged to take COMN 4310.

5. CRES3951 Mediation Fundamentals (4 credits)

A course through University College taught as a 5-day intensive workshop allowing the student practical training and evaluation of their work.

Topical Courses

CRES 4400 Restorative Justice (2 credits)
CRES 4820 Intractable Conflict (2 credits)

The course is focused on factors that lead to intractability, along with strategies for violence prevention and conflict transformation. Conflict mapping and analysis, sources of intractability, and social, psychological, economic and political dimensions of intractable conflicts are examined.

CRES 4840 Managing Organizational Conflict (2 credits)

A broad study of conflict in organizations that may involve gender, race, age, disability and other issues, using lecture, case studies, group dialogue, and team projects to develop systems of management and evaluation.

CRES 4850 Creating Agreement (2 credits)

Multilateral agreements are as complicated as they are difficult to create. What are the key elements in this process? The history of such negotiations is one of both successes and failures. This course examines the development of criteria necessary for creating satisfactory and acceptable agreements involving multiple parties through a series of case studies that link negotiation theory and praxis.

CRES 4860 Public Forum Facilitation (2 credits)

This course examines the tools of advocacy, debate, dialogue and deliberation through the lens of facilitation in public forums. Diverse democracies require high quality communication to function well. However, polarization, cynicism and apathy have become the norm obstructing collaborative problem-solving. What are the best processes for making public decisions in a democracy?

CRES 4870 Conflict Vulnerability Assessment (2 credits)

This course guides students seeking to specialize in early warning and conflict prevention approaches at the community, societal, or country level through the contemporary scholarly literature and policy-related instruments and models that seek to define and measure 'conflict vulnerability'.

CRES 4880 Grant Writing: The Research Proposal and Conflict Analysis (2 credits)

A course in research methods anchored in evidence-based policy, including quantitative and qualitative techniques for building facts and findings from context-free, context-rich, and colloquial environments designed to support informed decision-making. Students learn the mechanics of preparing a research or program proposal for government or foundation support.