Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3059: Alternative Dispute Resolution

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sue Prince (Convenor)



Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to alternative methods of resolving disputes to the adversarial legal system, especially mediation within the civil justice system, criminal law, family law, and in other wider contexts. You will be introduced to the concepts and theories underpinning alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and to practical issues in using and applying mediation and other methods of ADR both within and outside the courts. The module aims to develop your ability to place the arguments for using alternatives to adversarial processes within the broader context of dispute resolution and the more general application of such tools in society both within the UK as well as in other jurisdictions.

There are no pre-requisites for this module but it would be useful for students anticipating taking this module to read generally about civil justice issues in line with the teaching in Legal Foundations on this subject. This module is particularly recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.   

Module created

March 2012

Last revised