NAUY 350: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Tuesday 5:30-8:00Instructor: Ian DerkEmail: Ian.Derk@nau.edu
Office: 143, NAU-Yavapai CampusOffice Hours: (Virtual) 4-6 Monday, 3-5 Tuesday, 10-12 Wednesday
movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of anonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of
-Saul Alinsky, American community organizer.Catalog Description: Communication strategies in the theory and practice of alternativedispute resolution, including interpersonal conflict, mediation, and negotiation.
For this course, you will have several different assignments. Some will beentirely online. You must complete both the online and in-person components in order tosucceed in this course. This course is an upper-division university course, so expect a highworkload.
Because we only meet for nine in-class sessions, attendance is mandatory for allsessions. Missing more than two sessions will result in your being dropped and/or failing thecourse. Due dates are not changed by your absence. There are performance components tothis course that are difficult or impossible to makeup. You should contact other students forassignments and class information.
This class has an in-class mediation/negotiationassignment. You will be required to negotiate with another student for your grade in thecourse. Although
one student’s negotiation may impact the grade of another, it is possiblefor both students to earn A’s in the course.
All assignments are due at the stated time and in the requested formats.Reading quizzes begin in Week 2 and are due at 11:59 pm on Mondays. Conflict journals aredue by 11:59 pm on Mondays and start Week 2. There will be a syllabus quiz in Week 1. TheCase Study assignment will have varied due dates, so observe the calendar carefully.
Required Readings and
The Argument Culture
This book has required readings each week.It is your responsibility to obtain and read these readings in order to complete theassignments. Class time will be spent analyzing, discussing, and expanding upon topics from
the readings. It’s
unsafe to assume everything you don’t understand will be clarified in class.
The Argument Culture
is a long book and due in Week 10. If you read the book slowly over thesemester, you will need to read only 29 pages a week. If you start in Week 5, you will need to