Dispute Resolution Minor

Dispute Resolution Minor

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 students who will enter professions like law, social work, business, etc., where sorting through conflicts is essential.

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

  • Recognize the causes of conflict.
  • Understand the dynamics and progression of conflict.
  • Think more critically about how to process conflict situation.
  • 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 the 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 successful completion of coursework and a practicum. See Certificate Programs in this bulletin.

Rationale. The Certificate Program and the Minor in Dispute Resolution 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 21-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 required. 18 credits for minor

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 planning 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 2016 or thereafter must complete the certificate/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 certificate/minor. A copy of the earlier version can be obtained in the 2015–2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minors or programs.

Please note: Students cannot earn both the minor and the certificate in Dispute Resolution.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES                                                                Subtotal: 6 credits

SOC 206 The Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SOC 380 Sociology Laboratory in Dispute Resolution Skill Building 

PART TWO. ELECTIVE COURSES                                                                    Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four courses                                                                                   

Note: Students are encouraged to take courses from a variety of disciplines.

AFR 110 Race and the Urban Community
AFR 121 Africana Communities in the U.S.
AFR 125 Race & Ethnicity in America
AFR 129/PSY 129 The Psychology of the African-American Experience
AFR 215 Police and Urban Communities
AFR 227 Introduction to Community-based Approaches to Justice
AFR 229 Restoring Justice: Making Peace and Resolving Conflict
AFR 237 Institutional Racism
AFR 245 Psychology of the African-American Family
AFR 248 Men: Masculinities in the United States
AFR 315 Community-based Justice in Africana World
AFR 317 Environmental Racism
AFR 319  Self, Identity & Justice: Global Perspectives
AFR 320 Perspectives on Justice in the Africana World
AFR 322  Inequality and Wealth
AFR 347/PSY 347 Psychology of Oppression
ANT 208  Urban Anthropology
ANT 210/PSY 210/SOC 210 Sex and Culture
ANT 220 Language and Culture
ANT 310/PSY 310/SOC 310 Culture and Personality
ANT 315 Systems of Law
ANT 330 American Cultural Pluralism and the Law
ANT 332 Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
ANT 345/PSY 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
ANT 347 Structural Violence & Social Suffering
COM 115 Social Encounters: Understanding Interpersonal Communication
COM 218 Managerial Communication
COM 250 Persuasion
CRJ 321/PHI 321    Police Ethics
CRJ 322/PHI 322  Judicial and Correctional Ethics
CRJ 420/SOC 420  Women and Crime
CSL 130    Effective Parenting
CSL 210    Peer Counseling Training
CSL 211    Peer Counseling Practicum
CSL 220    Leadership Skills
CSL 230    Case Management in Human Services
CSL 233    Multicultural Issues in Human Services
CSL 260    Gender & Work Life (was Counseling in Gender & Work Life)
CSL 342/PSY 342   Introduction to Counseling Psychology
DRA 325   Drama Techniques in Crisis Intervention
ECO 280   Economics of Labor
GEN 205    Gender and Justice
GEN 333/PHI 333    Theories of Gender and Sexuality
GEN 356/HIS 356    Sexuality, Gender, and Culture in Muslim Societies
HIS 323    History of Lynching and Collective Violence
HIS 383    History of Terrorism
HJS 310    Comparative Perspectives on Justice
ISP 122    "Those" People: Stereotypes in U.S.A.
ISP 134    Alternate Worlds
ISP 145    Why Gender Matters
ISP 211    Revolutions
ISP 224    Constructions of Difference in the U.S.A.
ISP 236   Truth & Creativity: How We Make Meaning
ISP 248   Getting Even: Forgiveness and Revenge
ISP 321    Moral, Legal and Ethical Dilemmas that Shape the U.S.A.
ISP 322    Making Waves: Troublemakers, Gadflies and Whistleblowers
ISP 334    Sex, Gender and Justice in Global Perspective
ISP 335    Violence in the Pursuit of Justice
LAW 206    The American Judiciary
LAW 301   Jurisprudence
LAW 310/PHI 310   Ethics and Law
LAW 340    Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action and Police Organization
LAW 370/PSY 370 Psychology and the Law
LLS 124   Latina/os in the U.S.
LLS 220    Human Rights and Law in Latin America
LLS 241    Latina/os & the City (was Puerto Rican Latina/o Exp in Urban U.S. Settings)
LLS 247    Growing Up Latina/o (was Growing Up Latina/Latino)
LLS 255    Latin American Womanin Global Society (was Latin American Woman)
LLS 265/HIS 265    Class, Race and Family in Latin American History
LLS 322    Latina/o Stuggles for Civil Rights & Social Justice (was Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in Urban Latina/o Communities)
LLS 325    Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice
LLS 356    Terror and Transitional Justice in Latin America
LWS 200    Introduction to Law and Society
PAD 318    Decisions in Crises
PAD 346    Human Resource Administration
PAD 348    Justice Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 366    Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PHI 105   Critical Thinking and Informal Logic
PHI 202    Philosophical Visions of American Pluralism
PHI 204    Logic
PHI 205    Philosophy of Religion
PHI 214    Environmental Ethics
PHI 302    The Philosophy of Rights
PHI 310/LAW 310    Ethics and Law
POL 206    Urban Politics
POL 235    Judicial Processes and Politics
POL 237    Women and Politics
POL 246    Politics of Global Inequality
POL 305    Constitutional Rights and Liberties
POL 313/LAW 313    The Law and Politics of Race Relations
POL 316   The Politics of Rights
POL 318    Law & Politics of Sexual Orientation
POL 319    Gender and Law
POL 320    International Human Rights
POL 362    Terrorism and International Relations
PSC 202   Police and Diversity
PSC 235    Women in Policing
PSC 245    Community Policing
PSY 180/PED 180    Stress Management
PSY 200    Cognitive Psychology
PSY 221    Social Psychology
PSY 231   Developmental Psychology
PSY 234   Psychology of Human Sexuality
PSY 242    Abnormal Psychology
PSY 255    Group Dynamics in Chemical Dependency Counseling
PSY 320    Brain and Behavior
PSY 324    Perception
PSY 332    Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 333   Psychology of Gender
PSY 336    Group Dynamics
PSY 339   Key Concepts in Psychotherapy
PSY 352    Multicultural Psychology
PSY 353    Theories of Personality
PSY 375   Family Conflict and the Family Court
SOC 160    Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse
SOC 201    Urban Sociology: The Study of City Life
SOC 202/PSY 202    The Family: Change, Challenges and Crisis Intervention
SOC 213/PSY 213   Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 215    Social Control and Gender: Women in American Society
SOC 227    Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 236/CRJ 236    Victimology
SOC 251    Sociology of Human Rights
SOC 252    Environmental Sociology
SOC 283    Selected Topics in Dispute Resolution
SOC 305    The Sociology of Law
SOC 308    The Sociology of Violence
SOC 333    Gender Issues in International Criminal Justice
SOC 343    Global Social Movements
SOC 350    Social Change
SOC 354    Gangs and Transnationalism

Various Departments: Fieldwork Practicum    
SOC 282 can be used towards electives if the topic is applicable with permission of the Dispute Resolution Coordinator.        
Subtotal: 12    

                                                                                                                                 Total Credit Hours: 18

                                                                                                                                        Last Updated: 4/27/17