Managing When Differences Matter

Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

politics and government

This intensive course takes as an assumption that real differences in interests, needs and standpoint often create tangible and important barriers to successful management and public policy. We will make constructive uses of this particular group’s talents and agendas and pay careful attention those professional practices which are hospitable in the presence of difference. We will also study a variety of dispute resolution procedures as viable strategies for working with and through conflict. American legal, constitutional and historic traditions which impact collaborative work will also receive attention. After the class weekend each student will conduct an individual case study of a particular public conflict. Readings for those projects will be chosen by students individually, in consultation faculty, and might include materials on dialogue, on culture, on violence, on peace-making and on communication as well as on the topic itself.

Program Details

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Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: Feb 13-15, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 2 (Winter)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

(2 GR credits): 20309

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