People around the globe confront a host of contentious problems whose substance is often further complicated by cross-cultural misunderstandings and the lack of a single shared language. Some of these issues are social; others are oriented toward business, politics, or diplomacy. Some, like the inequitable treatment of minorities, occur within many countries. Others, such as immigration or pollution, are transnational, the problems reaching across particular borders. Certain of these problems are long-lived and deep-rooted; others burst into prominence as sudden crises. Then, alongside the world’s many problems, there are also a host of opportunities, opportunities to increase prosperity, happiness, peace, and other social goods. People need to understand better how work with each other to handle their problems and take advantage of their opportunities. This active-learning course thus explores the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict resolution. Class time will be chiefly devoted to students negotiating and then analyzing realistic hypothetical cases that place them in diverse scenarios and that contain important lessons about how to handle or take advantage of particular sets of circumstances that require working with others. The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School supplies the simulations. Each is a sophisticated training tool, carefully designed to assist students in the U.S. and abroad to improve their understanding of negotiation, of different forms of dispute resolution, and of their own abilities as negotiators.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Day: 1 - Dublin - Friday, 20 September
During the Dublin port stop, on Friday, September 20th, our class will travel to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, to meet with Professor Ilana Buschkin, who will help Professor Fowler to put on and then debrief a lengthy simulation involving the Troubles in Northern Ireland, entitled “The March at Drumcree Role Play.” The mock negotiation, provided by the Harvard Program on Negotiation, will involve groups of six, and the Field Lab will give you a chance to see an Irish university, meet with a faculty member there from the Department of Law who specializes in conflict resolution matters. Lunch at the university will be included. The students’ participation in the Field Lab will then need to be reflected in entries in their Field Assignment Journals. Academic Objectives: 1. Learn about certain of the details of the Troubles in Northern Ireland 2. Undertake a lengthy simulation involving cross-cultural dynamics