Dispute Resolution Minor


The Dispute Resolution Minor and the Dispute Resolution Certificate provide students with an opportunity to learn about the causes, complex dynamics, escalation, de-escalation, and constructive resolution of conflicts in a variety of contexts from the interpersonal to the international levels. Students also gain knowledge and techniques necessary to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate a wide range of situations. The Dispute Resolution coursework will be invaluable for students in their personal lives, at work, and in graduate school, especially for those studetns who will enter professions like law, social work, bunisess, etc., where sorting through conflicts is essential.

Learning Objectives. Upon completion of the Dispute Resolution Minor or Dispute Resolution Certificate, the students will:

• Recognize the causes of conflict.
• Understand the dynamics and progression of conflict.
• Think more critically about how to process conflict situations.
• Utilize dispute resolution techniques and skills needed to negotiate, facilitate, and mediate in a variety of contexts.

Additionally, upon completion of the Certificate, the students will have a deeper understanding about conflict and its resolution, and will be able to better apply the skills and knowledge practiced during their internship experience.

Matriculated students who complete this certificate program receive a certificate in dispute resolution from John Jay College, authorized by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and the New York State Department of Education upon sucessful completion of coursework and a practicum.

Rationale. The Certificate Program and the Minor in Dispute Resolutione enhance a student's undergraduate portfolio, regardless of major. Students will acquire a solid understanding of conflict, its causes, progression, complexity, and management. For students who cannot complete the 30-credit certificate program, the 18-credit minor will still allow them to deepen their critical understanding of conflict. In a global community, understanding and managing conflict should be a core area of study for all students. The Dispute Resolution Certificate Program and Minor at John Jay College offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity, unavailable at most colleges and universities.

Credits requried. 30 credits for certificate, 18 credits for minor.

Please note: Students CANNOT earn both the Minor and the Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Prerequisite. SOC 101. This course fulfills the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area of the College's general education requirements. Individual courses listed below may have their own prerequisites. Students are advised to carefully read all course descriptions in this Undergraduate Bulletin when plannin their programs, and should consult with the program coordinator.

Program and minor coordinator. Professor Maria Volpe, Department of Sociology (212.237.8692, mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu).

Additional Information: Students who enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2012 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the minor. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/bulletins/undergraduatebulletin20112012.pdf.

Requirements. Students wishming to minor in Dispute Resolution must complete 18 credits of coursework, of which 6 credits are required and 12 credits are electives. Courses chosen for the minor have been selected to reflect substantive areas relevant for dispute resolution and to differentiate it from the Dispute Resolution Certificate.

Required Subtotal: 6 credits

SOC 206 The Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SOC 380 Sociology Laboratory in Dispute Resolution Skill Building 
SOC 381 Internship in Dispute Resolution (for certificate students only)

Electives Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four

AFR 110 Race and the Urban Community
AFR 121 Africana Communities in the U.S.
AFR 215 The Police and Urban Communities
AFR 229 Restorative Justice: Making Peace and Resolving Conflict
ANT 315 Systems of Law
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
DRA 325 Drama Techniques in Crisis Intervention
ECO 280 Economics of Labor
GEN 205 Gender and Justice
ISP Interdisciplinary Studies Program (if applicable, with permission of the Dispute Resolution Coordinator)
LAW 206 The American Judiciary
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
PHI 105 Critical Thinking and Informal Logic
PHI 302 Philosophical Issues of Rights
PHI 310/LAW 310 Ethics and the Law
POL 206 Urban Politics
POL 305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
PSC 202 Police and Community Relations
PSC 245 Community Policing
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 353 Theories of Personality
PSY 375 Family Conflict and Family Court
SOC 160 Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse
SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family: Change, Challenges and Crisis Intervention
SOC 213/PSY 213 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 236/CRJ 236 Victimology
SOC 282 Special Topics in Sociology (if applicable, with permission of the Dispute Resolution Coordinator)
SOC 305 Sociology of Law
SOC 308 The Sociology of Violence
Various Departments: Fieldwork Practicum

Total: 18 credits for Minor
           30 credits for Certificate