2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Managing When Difference Matters


Spring 2014 quarter

Faculty
Helena Meyer-Knapp politics and government
Description

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.

Advertised Schedule
April 4-6, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun
Location
Olympia
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Books
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend