Summer Institute for Creative Collaboration and Conflict Resolution 2021

The Summer Institute is a series of workshop-style courses designed to enable participants to manage disputes and differences collaboratively in both professional and personal settings. The Institute draws on the highly regarded faculty of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and noted practitioners who specialize in state-of-the-art theory, research, and practice in the processes of constructively managing disputes.

Summer 2021 Course Offerings-Please note that courses will be offered online.

Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills

Instructor: Neil Katz
Registration: PST 420 (undergraduate class), SOS 620 (graduate class)

Schedule: Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28

Successful people need highly refined emotional intelligence including communication and conflict resolution skills in today’s stressful and competitive environments. This workshop will help you learn about, practice and further develop some key fundamental theories, strategies and behaviors designed to establish powerful rapport with others, and to manage conflict creatively and constructively when it occurs. Core concepts and skills include reflective listening matching and pacing, managing agreement (assertion), problem solving and negotiation. 

Negotiation: Theory and Practice

Instructor: Robert Rubinstein

Registration: ANT 424 (undergraduate class), ANT 624 (graduate class) 
Schedule: Monday, May 31 from 4:00-9:00pm through Saturday, June 5

This course introduces negotiation theory and the skills associated with successful practice. It explores tensions between distributive and integrative negotiation, principles of interest-based negotiation, importance of preparation, sources of power, role of culture, and ways to overcome dirty tricks and other barriers to successful negotiation. An interactive learning approach is featured, using lecture, discussion, exercises and simulations, to build personal capacities for successful negotiating. Exercises include two- person to more complex multi-party negotiations, in both domestic and international cases. 

Organizing for Power: Building Effective Social Movements 

Instructor: Gretchen Purser
Registration: PST 400 (undergraduate class), SOS 600 (graduate class) 

Schedule: Monday, June 7 through Friday, June 11 

This course seeks to provide you with tools for understanding why and how aggrieved and disempowered groups are sometimes able to mobilize the people and resources they need to place pressure on power-holders to grant them what they demand; and why and how they often get less than that. The emphasis in the course is on analyzing real-life cases, and applying the lessons learned from these to in-class simulated cases. Although not a “how-to” workshop on activist organizing (there are many such workshops, and we will be glad to refer you to these) those of you who are interested in activist organizing will derive useful perspectives from the course in how to analyze both historical and contemporary efforts to mobilize non-elites for social change.

Managing Environmental Conflict and Collaboration
Instructor: Andrea Feldpausch-Parker
Registration: PAI 730 (graduate class) 
Schedule: Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18

The past 30 years have been marked by the dramatic increase in diverse stakeholders organizing and playing influential roles in deciding environmental public policy on international to local levels.  However, this interaction has often resulted in the escalation of adversarial relationships.  Conflict over environmental issues may often be assumed to be inevitable, ubiquitous, and in some cases, necessary and/or productive.  However, this kind of conflict can also be destructive and unproductive.   Conflict episodes have the potential for serious consequences not only for the issue but also for government/agency/citizen relationships and a community’s civic vitality.  Parties may become angry, frustrated, and distrustful of each other and, ultimately, the democratic process.   Therefore, it is worthwhile to advance knowledge & understanding of and greater comfort with the conflict process, conflict dynamics, environmental dispute resolution processes, and inclusive participatory structures to preempt, minimize, or manage conflict.  Using this knowledge, it is possible to design collaborative processes to minimize or prevent contentiousness regarding complex environmental problems.

Graduate or Undergraduate Credit Registration: Each of the three courses lasts one week and can be taken as a full, 3-credit undergraduate or graduate course at Syracuse University.
Note: If taken for graduate credit, each one of these courses can be accepted as part of the curriculum for PARCC’s 12-credit, graduate Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Conflict and Collaboration.

To register for academic credit: Summer 2021 registration begins on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Current Syracuse University students can register through MySlice.  Non-matriculated students can register through University College .


Summer Institute Cost
Student Type Tuition 
University College Part-time Undergraduate Students  $695 per credit
 Full breakdown of Undergraduate Part-Time Tuition Costs & Fees

 Full-time Undergraduate Cost of Attendance  Full-time Undergraduate Tuition Rates

All Graduate Students $1,683 per credit plus Graduate Costs