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Cognitive Aspects of Conflict Resolution

The study of conflict is an important interdisciplinary scientific problem affecting a wide range of social sciences, which together help to understand the emergence of individual, interpersonal and social conflicts. Understanding the mechanisms of the emergence of conflicts in various spheres of human life helps to master methods for solving them. The aim of the course is for students to study and master the basic theories that deal with the processes of the origin, development and resolution of conflicts, and also to show the existing technologies, methods and means for effective conflict resolution in the most diverse spheres of human activity (family, work, business, etc). Within the framework of the course, an idea is given on the formation and development of conflictology as a science in Russia. The experience of domestic and foreign colleagues in dealing with conflicts is analyzed.

Students will become acquainted with what is a conflict, the types of conflicts, the causes of the emergence and development of conflict. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of cognitive causes that stimulate the emergence of conflict and the dynamics of conflict. Students will get acquainted with the formula “fact-interpretation-evaluation," which plays an important role in understanding conflict. The interrelation of the knowledge received by cognitive science, cognitive psychotherapy and social psychology for the detailed and extensive analysis of the conflict is considered. The practical part of the course will be devoted to training practical skills of conflict analysis, revealing the interest of the parties involved in the conflict. Students will get acquainted with the process of organizing and conducting effective negotiations and resolving conflicts with the mediator. Throughout the course, various ways of resolving conflict situations are considered and the main advantages and disadvantages of each method are analyzed. Through business games, students will have the opportunity to train the skills they develop.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: COGN_E_201


  • Allakhverdov Viktor

Profile Cognitive Studies

Semester: Spring

Complies with general requirements: No

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English