LAW317 Mediation (8)

This subject examines the mediation process and explores issues requiring a detailed understanding by the mediator including: the steps of mediation, different models of mediation, the role of the mediator, ethics and values in mediation, and refining mediation for professional practice.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW317. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Accounting and Finance

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed LAW517.

Subject Relationships

LAW517 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the steps of the mediation process and the different models of mediation and recognise disputes which can be mediated;
  • be able to analyse ethical issues that may arise during the mediation process, including the ethical obligations of mediators;
  • be able to evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in mediators; and
  • be able to discuss the role of power/gender in mediation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • techniques of communication;
  • problem solving;
  • traits of good mediators such as impartiality and confidentiality;
  • facilitating versus advising;
  • modelling good behaviour;
  • stages of mediation including opening, issues identification, exploration;
  • negotiation, use of private sessions and writing agreements;
  • problems and issues in mediation such as gender, power and ethics;
  • application of mediation in various areas of law such as civil law, administrative law, family law, neighbourhood disputes, workplace law, juvenile justice, public policy disputes and commercial law;
  • use of mediation in various institutional settings such as schools, tertiary institutions, management, the community and international business; and
  • Medation and Arbitration Chambers (Med-Arb) and mediation facilities in Australia.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LAW317 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions
Critical essay
Discussion board participation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.