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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
“Change means
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.
Hybrid Classes:
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.
Negotiation/Mediation Performance:
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
read approximately 58 pages a week
. (All the math assumes you don’t read the notes,
references, dedications, or other materials).
Grading:Additional Grading Notes:
S/U grading is not available. This course meets your
communication theory requirements, which is part of your communication skills block. A “D”
grade is not considered passing, so you will need to retake this course or find an alternative if you receive less than a C.
Student Conduct:
This course deals with the ideas of other people. Because we will be
exposed to new and controversial themes, it’s important that we respect the views of other
people. You have every right to disagree and express that disagreement, but you must becivil. Also, arrive on-time, minimize interruptions, put your phone away, and use laptops onlywith my prior approval.
The “Student Code of Conduct” (available on the NAU website at
and Yavapai College’s website at
http://www2.yc.edu/content/humanresources/employeetoolkit/codeofconductchoice.htm#code)outlines behavioral expectations, and explains the process for responding to allegationsof student misconduct.
 Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Cheating:
Copying any work that is not your own,without acknowledging the source, is both a moral and legal violation. Please read the
guidelines for Academic Integrity on NAU’s website
)and Yavapai College’s website
(http://www2.yc.edu/content/admissions/NewTemplate/AcademicIntegrity.htm). For some excellent and clear examples of plagiarism, seehttp://www2.yc.edu/content/libraryservices/diagnosis-plagiarism.htm, http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml,andhttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/. Common sources of plagiarism are the work of other students, professors, published authors,speakers and internet sources. Minimum consequence for plagiarism in this course is failure of the assignment, and may well result in failure of the course, depending on the nature of theinfraction. There is the possibility of even more severe sanctions, including expulsion fromNAU-Yavapai. This is a serious issue in the academic community because it involves what is
Conflict Journals (8) 120 pointsReading Quizzes (8) 80 pointsCommunication Theory 50 pointsCase Study Proposal 20 PointsCase Study Paper 50 PointsCase Study Presentation 50 PointsConflict Demonstration 130 PointsA >450 PointsB 400-449C 350-399D 300-349F <299
legally termed as “intellectual property.” NOTE: Failure to read or understand this syllabus,
the Academic Integrity guidelines, or understand the various types of plagiarism and cheatingDOES NOT constitute an excuse for the violating of Academic Integrity.
Withdrawal Policy:
You may withdraw from this class before the class meets on Week 5.
Student Support Services
: NAU/Yavapai offers additional student support at the campus.Tutoring is available, but check signs around the campus. These tutors may provide help inwriting and other services.For additional students needs
disability, health services, etc.
please contact Nancy Jensenin her office (Room 134), by email at Nancy.Jensen@nau.edu , or call 928-771-6148
University Policies:
Safe Environment Policy
NAU’s Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy seeks
to prohibit discrimination andpromote the safety of all individuals within the university. The goal of this policy is toprevent the occurrence of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin,religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status and to prevent sexual harassment,sexual assault or retaliation by anyone at this university.
You may obtain a copy of this policy from the college dean’s office or from the NAU’s
Affirmative Action website 
. If you have concerns about this
policy, it is important that you contact the departmental chair, dean’s office, the Office of 
Student Life (928-523-
5181), or NAU’s Office of Affirmative Action (928
-523-3312).Students with DisabilitiesIf you have a documented disability, you can arrange for accommodations by contactingDisability Resources (DR) at 523-8773 (voice)or 523-6906 (TTY),dr@nau.edu (e-mail)or 928- 523-8747 (fax).Students needing academic accommodations are required to register with DRand provide required disability related documentation. Although you may request anaccommodation at any time, in order for DR to best meet your individual needs, you areurged to register and submit necessary documentation(www.nau.edu/dr)8 weeks prior to the time you wish to receive accommodations. DR is strongly committed to the needs of student with disabilities and the promotion of Universal Design. Concerns or questions relatedto the accessibility of programs and facilities at NAU may be brought to the attention of DR orthe Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (523-3312).Institutional Review BoardAny study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU
including a course project, report, or research paper
must be reviewed and approved by theInstitutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects in research andresearch-related activities.

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