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Mastering Facilitation - LAWS8981
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740, 9230, 9285, 5285, 9235, 5235, 9231 or 5231.
Excluded: JURD7881
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This 4 day workshop is designed to provide lawyers and others who run group meetings with skills and tools to undertake the task more effectively.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge

This program is experiential – there are practical application sessions with feedback and coaching. Prior experience with group meetings is essential. This prior experience is preferably as a facilitator. However, extensive experience (3-5 years regular meeting experience) as an adviser, consultant or participant will suffice (eg: participation in mining company and native title negotiations, running welfare groups etc).

Course Objectives

  • Provide facilitators with additional tools to approach working with groups more effectively
  • Deeper understanding of how groups work
  • Understand how to respond to complex and challenging situations
  • Assist groups to make decisions and solve problems
  • Manage relationships with the group
  • Understand your skills and areas for improvement as a facilitator of the group
  • Tracking a facilitation using visual tools
  • How to give coaching and feedback for facilitator and group

Main Topics

  • The philosophy of facilitation
  • Groups and how they work
  • Planning a facilitation
  • Intervening as a facilitator
  • Changing hats (lawyer, expert, facilitator)
  • Group process options
  • Recording a facilitation
  • Dealing with difficult moments


Attendance Attendance and punctuality at the whole 38 hours of class 15%
Class participation 35%
Assignment 3,000 words 50%

Course Texts

There are no prescribed texts, but a number of books have been published that would be useful for this course. Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.

Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.

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