Summer Institute for Creative Collaboration and Conflict Resolution 2020

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 2020 Course Offerings-Please note that courses will be offered online.

Collaborative and Participatory Governance: Developing Collaborative Competencies for Managers 

Instructor: Julia Carboni
Registration: PST 400 (undergraduate class), PAI 732 (graduate class)

Schedule: Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 from 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday, May 16 from 9:00am-1:00pm

This course enhances communication and rapport-building skills to interact more effectively and solve problems creatively. It provides a foundation in reflective listening, problem solving, assertion, and managing conflicts among needs and values. The course includes theory, demonstrations, skill practice, and critique, as well as a workplace mediation component. It is designed to have immediate and wide applicability in interpersonal and group settings.

Negotiation: Theory and Practice

Instructor: Robert Rubinstein

Registration: ANT 424 (undergraduate class), ANT 624 (graduate class) 
Schedule: Sunday, May 17 from 4:00-9:00pm and Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22 from 9:00am-5:00pm

 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. 

Mediation: Theory and Practice 

Instructor: Neil Katz  
Registration: PST 421 (undergraduate class), SOS 621 (graduate class) 

Schedule: Tuesday, May 26 through Saturday, May 30 (8:30am–5:00pm)

Whether conflicts are small-scale roommate disputes or involve groups of individuals like labor-management problems, mediators tend to primarily use similar skill sets to bring parties together to creatively craft solutions acceptable to the parties. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of third party mediation approaches to facilitate resolution of disputes in a variety of settings including the workplace, everyday neighbor/community disputes,  campus racial disputes, and others. We will also examine different models of mediation practiced today including transformative, narrative, and problem-solving.  Learning approaches include lectures, demonstrations, ample time for practice mediations, coaching, films, and presentations by expert mediators.

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 2020 registration began on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  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 $1,620 per credit plus Graduate Costs