Alternative Dispute Resolution Course Information

Course Descriptions

Number Course Name Offering
PADM 4000 Mediation Fall and Spring
PADM 4010 Family Mediation Once a year
PADM 4020 Dispute Resolution in the Workplace Once a year
PADM 4030 Dispute Resolution in a Global Workplace Once a year
PADM 4040 Crisis Intervention Once a year
PADM 4050 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Fall and Spring
PADM 4060 Practicum in Mediation and Dispute Resolution Once a year
PADM 4070 Arbitration Basics Fall and Spring
PADM 4610 Special Topics in Community Service*
  • Business Negotiation
  • Foundations in Conflict Resolution
Once a year

*Course topics vary by section number.  Check section number for topic details.  Please note that students may take PACS 4610 more than once in order to study another topic.

Course Location Options

ADR students can elect to take classes at the main campus in Denton or at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC)—a beautiful, state-of-the art facility in McKinney, Texas. Some ADR courses at the CHEC are offered via videoconference with the main campus, and the instructor alternates attendance between the two locations.

If you are currently attending Collin College or another institution, you must apply to UNT and be accepted in order to take ADR courses at the CHEC. To learn more, visit Getting Started. If you are already a UNT student, you can register for CHEC courses the same way you would for your other classes.

At the CHEC, you also have the convenient option of taking courses from other disciplines offered at UNT including Management, Marketing, and Sociology. Getting a minor or a certificate in ADR is a great complement to any of these areas of study!

Course Format Considerations

The ADR program gives you flexibility in how you choose to study. Depending on the course, you can take classes online, face-to-face, or in a blended format. In blended courses, part of the class meets face-to-face, while the remainder of the material is covered online. The ratio of online coursework versus face-to-face instruction may vary by class. Three basic issues you should consider before deciding how you want to take your classes are your: 

  1. Need for flexibility
    Classes that are blended or online make it easier to complete your degree while balancing your work and personal life. They provide you with increased schedule flexibility and reduce the time and expense associated with commuting to campus. However, you should plan to spend at least 4-6 hours per week on each online course. That includes the time you would normally spend in class plus any preparation, reading, or time needed to complete assignments. The amount of time you will need to spend outside class on blended courses varies. For example, if the class is offered half online and half face-to-face, you should plan to spend 2-4 hours per week outside of class for each blended course.
  2. Learning style
    You should also consider your learning style when deciding what type of course to take. Students who are successful at online and blended courses work better independently and are able to discipline themselves to keep up with the assignments. They tend to be fairly comfortable with computer technology and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
  3. Career objectives
    Your course selections should be based more on your career objectives than on delivery method. However, we understand that sometimes taking a course online is better than not taking a course at all. The schedule of classes issued each semester indicates the format for each class. Your advisor can help you select a schedule that best meets your needs.

Some ADR classes are offered via videoconference. When this approach is used, the instructor is physically present at each site every other class meeting. However, the instructor is visible and audible to all students irrespective of his or her location. Students are also able to interact with the instructor and their classmates in the off-site location in real time.