Block 5: Two-Weekend Format
July 6 - 8 and 13 - 15, 2017
- Thursdays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
- Fridays: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
- Saturdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Program Courses and Faculty
This course explores how people experience conflict and various conflict resolution process from a psychological and communications perspective. The psychological frameworks explored include the following: personality development and differences; difficult people and psychological disorders; predictable cognitive biases; principles of neuro-collaboration, empathy, trust and altruism; psychological resistance to dealing with conflict; stages of conflict including escalation, stalemate, de-escalation, and resolution; social origins of conflict, including differences in values, beliefs and mores; neuro-psychology and the socialization of aggressive and cooperative behaviors; and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and self-regulation. Communication concepts explored include influence, persuasion, rhetoric, dialogue, narrative paradigm, and linguistics; power; argumentation vs. aggression; and the limits of rationality. The course includes at least one self-assessment instrument to enhance student awareness of individual differences in psychological styles.
Erik Girvan is a professor at Oregon Law School. Erik litigated over 100 complex commercial cases in various federal and state jurisdictions across the country. The Co-Director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. (Psychology) at the University of Minnesota. Erik's research investigates how stereotypes, attitudes, and other biases might impact decisions in the legal system. He empirically tests practical ways to reduce or eliminate implicit biases by working with a diverse variety of legal and other professionals.
This course will examine each of the themes of Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. A spectrum of definitions and meaning of each theme will be explored. A variety of approaches on how to implement each theme will be discussed. The material will be addressed from the context of governing our own lives, providing professional advice to another as an advocate, and serving as a mediator. Class material will include religious and non-religious perspectives on these themes.
Al Sturgeon is the dean of graduate programs at Pepperdine University School of Law. He earned a BSE with high honors from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1992 and a JD with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2011. He has extensive leadership experience in churches and religious organizations, having served as a youth minister, full-time preaching minister, houseparent at a children's home, founder and president of two Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and currently as an elder of the University Church of Christ in Malibu, California. He has taught law-related classes at Seaver College and at Pepperdine University School of Law, including Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the State Bar of California and serves on the advisory board of the Malibu Community Labor Exchange.