Course Details

Mental Models in Conflict Resolution

This seminar course focuses on the "mental models" that play-or could play-roles in the development, evolution, and attempts to address conflict. In studying these models (some of which overlap or are intricately interrelated), students will draw upon perspectives from social science disciplines such as economics and psychology; neuroscience; and cognitive maps of lawyering (e.g., traditional, client-centered, collaborative), negotiation (e.g., adversarial and problem-solving), and mediation (e.g., narrow, broad, transformative, understanding-based). Students will also explore the following: relationships between and among mental models, emotions, and lawyering and other dispute resolution strategies and techniques; whether the mental models are explicit or implicit, conscious or subconscious; and which mental models are most appropriate in particular circumstances. Evaluation: Final paper, presentation of paper, and class participation Teaching Method: Some lecture, discussion and student presentations Prerequisites: None Text: Leonard Riskin, Managing Inner and Outer Conflict Mindfully (forthcoming book, Spring 2019 Draft), which will be available on Canvas at no cost to students.

Catalog Number: LITARB 613
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute Resolution
Additional Course Information: Research Writing


Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Mental Models in Conflict Resolution
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Fall 2017
Title: Mental Models in Conflict Resolution
Faculty: Riskin, Leonard L. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 20