Mediation Procedure - Political Science 2120

Syllabus for the Fall Term 2013                Instructions and Update Information

Time & Location:  Thursdays @ 2:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m.COE 240

Events:  Brenau University Mediation Event October 4-5, 2013, Gainesville, GA

               National Intercollegiate Mediation Event, Oct 31-Nov 2, 2013, Des Moines, Iowa

Office Hours: MW @ 10:00-12:00 PM; T @ 9:30 -11:00 a.m.; and by appointment. Appointments even during office hours are always helpful.

Instructor: Clyde E. Willis, J.D., Ph.D. For Fall Term contact me at,  615-898-5457, 255 Peck Hall.

Course Objectives: Students will examine the theoretical basis of mediation and how it works as an alternative to litigation, arbitration, negotiation and other adversarial methods of dispute resolution. They will learn and practice specific mediation skills (as mediator and as a client-advocate in mediation) and the details of different mediation approaches, including Restorative Justice. The teaching method is a mix of lecture, videotape viewing and role-play.

Readings: Recommended readings include: Jennifer Beer, The Mediator's Handbook, New Society Pub; 3rd Revision edition June 1997 (ISBN 0865713596), and Allan Goodman's Basic Skills for the New Mediator, Solomon Publications, 1994 (ISBN 0967097304). A working knowledge of hand-out materials and mediation forms will be required of all students. Students are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with some helpful background such as : Robert Bolton, People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986, and Roger Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, NY: Penquin, 1990.

Course Requirements: Students will be expected to attend ALL classes, be PREPARED by having read assigned material, and PARTICIPATE in role play and discussions.

Attendance Policy: It is essential that each student participate in all mediation simulations, discussions and debriefings. Any student that misses an unsatisfactory number of classes or otherwise fails to participate in class activities will not receive credit for the course.  The university will hopefully be able to send six or seven students to the mediation events mentioned above.  Thus, not everyone may be able to represent the university on these trips.  The determination of who will participate will be based on the following criteria: (1) seniority, (2) ability to perform as a mediator and mediation advocate and (2) the amount of effort made in the class. 

Accommodations: If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation, or you have questions related to any accommodation for testing, or the need for note takers, readers, et cetera, please speak with me when possible. You may also contact the Office of Disabled Student Services at 898-2783 with any questions about such services.

Intercollegiate Competition: Members of the Mediation Procedure class, along with others, are eligible to qualify for membership in MTSUís Student Mediation Association and eligible to participate in the National Intercollegiate Mediation Associationís (NIMA) regional mediation tournament and the annual mediation tournament that will be held on the dates and at the locations mentioned above.  For more information about mediation see the material on my Activities Web Page, and check the web page of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution on this year's mediation program at

Lottery ScholarshipLottery Scholarship:  Do you have a lottery scholarship? To retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. You may qualify with a 2.75 cumulative GPA after 72 attempted hours (and subsequent semesters), if you are enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.0. A grade of C, D, F, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. Dropping a class after 14 days may also impact eligibility; if you withdraw from this class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship. Lottery recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of five years from the date of initial enrollment, or until a bachelor degree is earned; students who first received the lottery scholarship in Fall 2009 or later will additionally be limited to 120 TELS attempted hours. For additional Lottery rules, please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form, review lottery requirements on the web at or contact the Financial Aid Office at 898-2830.

Current Information: At this location I will update schedules and instructional information as the term progresses..

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