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DRCM 1370   Introduction to Conflict Dynamics (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
The foundation course in the field of dispute resolution that includes negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. It examines the nature of disputes and the multiple arenas in which conflict occurs. This course provides an overview of professional opportunities in dispute resolution studies. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 1371   Introduction to Negotiation (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
Teaches the techniques necessary to break impasse and get an agreement. Skills include how to create an atmosphere that fosters negotiation, how to conduct difficult conversation and how to mediate "win-win" situations. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 1372   Introduction to Mediation (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
Defines the process of mediation, its history and development, and theories of conflict resolution and negotiation. This course fulfills the requirements of Senate Bill 1436 for mediation training in Texas. Students also learn how to be successful third party neutrals. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 1373   Introduction to Divorce Mediation (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
Examines the issues involved in a divorce and meets the Texas training requirement in divorce mediation. Topics include child custody, support, and property. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 1374   Introduction to Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
Surveys the special characteristics of conflict based on religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity. Particular emphasis is placed on cross-cultural negotiations and mediations. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 1375   Current Issues and Trends (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
This course examines current trends and issues in the field of conflict resolution and conflict management and aims to help students and practitioners to understand and effectively respond to contemporary changes and challenges. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2179   Internship-Conflict Management (1) New course added May 7, 2007
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
Students obtain field experience conducting mediations and dealing effectively with conflict management situations. They practice in-takes, role-play, develop marketing strategies, as well as other practical skills necessary to become a successful mediator and conflict resolver. (3 Ext.)

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DRCM 2371   Texas Family Code in Dispute Resolution (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
This course surveys the Texas Family Code with particular emphasis on adoption, divorce, paternity, custody, support, and child care. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2372   Counseling Theories and Skills (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
This course provides theory and skill training in counseling and interviewing for the dispute resolution professional. Emphasis is placed on interviewing clients effectively and focusing on problem identification and resolution. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2373   Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
This particular process in the field of Dispute Resolution teaches neutral third parties the discipline to hear and render decisions. Arbitration is intended to avoid the formalities, delay, expense, and uncertainty involved in ordinary litigation. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2374   Workplace Dispute Resolution (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
As workplaces continue to change, interpersonal rules of conduct become increasingly more important as a strategic management issue. This course covers the specific skills necessary for managing and preventing workplace disputes. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2375   Ethics for Conflict Management (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: None.
A study of ethical and legal issues and principles of professional ethical practice in the mediation and conflict management field. Topics include ethics, standards of conduct, confidentiality, impartiality, self-determination, and unauthorized practice of law. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2376   Advanced Mediation (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: DRCM 1372.
Focuses on the key skills and techniques required by Mediators. This course systematically covers all aspects of the mediation process, including planning, precautionary, and trouble shooting methods required in practice. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2377   Advanced Negotiation (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: DRCM 1371.
This course moves students to a greater competence level in both the theory and techniques of negotiation. The negotiation process is analyzed from various perspectives. Emphasis is on the preparatory activities and the stages of the negotiation proper, including the reaching and implementing of an agreement. (3 Lec.)

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DRCM 2378   Advanced Conflict Management (3)
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: DRCM 1370.
This course is a capstone experience that examines the process of becoming a professional conflict specialist in multiple settings including consulting and working with advocates, corporations, organizations, communities, and nations on both specific and broad conflict issues. (3 Lec.)

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four year colleges and universities.

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