Smolny Beyond Borders

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Cognitive Aspects of Conflict Resolution

Cognitive Aspects of Conflict Resolution


Course Schedule:

Fall 2024 | Tue Thurs 4:10 5:30 PM Berlin (UTC+2)

Professor: Mikhail Allakhverdov
Semester: Fall 2023
Subject: PSY
Course Level: 100
Number of Bard Credits: 4
Course Title: Cognitive Aspects of Conflict Resolution
Max Enrollment: 22
Schedule: Tue Thurs 4:10 – 5:30 PM Berlin (UTC + 2)
Distribution Area: Meaning, Being, and Value
Cross-Listing(s): no
Language of Instruction: English

Do you find conflicts fascinating? How often do you experience them? While we humans are usually efficient at avoiding things that we do not like, such as pain or eating disagreeable food, ditching conflicts is not humanity’s strongest skill. This course aims to analyze the cognitive nature of conflict and discuss various pathways to conflict resolution. First, we will study the process of communication and its contribution to conflict interaction. Then we will talk about communicating with others as an acquired skill, which is no different than baking a cake or riding a bike, trying to understand why, for example, people are more forgiving of a terrible cake than an offensive pronouncement. Other elements of the course will include conversations about conflict initiation, the most common causes that lead to confrontations, and the productive methods of managing and resolving adversity. The “microscope” of cognitive and social psychology will help us understand fundamental mechanisms underlying conflict behavior. Among research methods employed in this course, group work, analysis of case studies, and practical approaches to conflict resolution will predominate.

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