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Introduction to Mediation

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 2nd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Type

Soft skills course

Course Classification

This is not a Themis course. However, it can still be taken by Themis students under the general course-selection rule that one of the courses can be chosen from the general course offer outside the Themis course program.

Course Type
online course in the winter term 2020/21, no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
no regular class meetings The content of this course will be available on the FU-learning platform Blackboard at any time.


5 (if course has been attended regularly and assignments have been submitted on time)

Scope of the Course

6 online units, each online unit will be dealt with for 2 weeks from early November through early February

weekly processing and practice time: approximately 2 hours of 60 minutes


This course will be taught in irregular intervals. It will be available in the winter term 2020/21.

Teaching Method

This is an asynchronous but interactive online course on the Blackboard learning platform with self-study units, comprehension tests, practical exercises, and role plays.

Technical Requirements

Participants will need a laptop or PC with a camera and a good microphone for the role plays.

Content of the Course

  • Methods of alternative dispute resolution
  • Guiding principles of mediation
  • Role of the mediator
  • Stages of the mediation process
  • Questioning techniques
  • Communication tools
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Psychological factors in conflict situations
  • Interest-based dispute settlement / win-win solution

Learning Objectives

The students are able to place mediation in the range of alternative dispute resolution methods and to guide the parties through a mediation process. They are aware of the escalating effect of certain communication methods and are able to translate offending language into nonviolent language. They know about the importance of underlying interests for a sustainable and mutually beneficial solution. They are skilled in detecting these interests from the parties’ demands and in making them visible through appropriate questioning and communication techniques.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management
Please sign up for this course under the module "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B".
registration period: 1 - 30 October 2020, 12 p.m. (noon)
If you want to take only one soft skills course, it makes no difference whether you book it under the module  "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B". However, if you would like to take two soft skills courses in the same semester, please book one course under "Schlüsselqualifikation A" and the other under "Schlüsselqualifikation B".
In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 31 October 2020.
As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 20 November 2020.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 October - 20 November 2020

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days before it ends. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

This is a pass / non-pass course. There will be no exam. For a passing grade, you will be required to attend the course regularly and to take part in various forms of exercises.