Advanced Negotiation and Consensus Building in Policy-Making Processes


MATSUURA, Masahiro


Summer Semester; Tue.; Time slot #3


This advanced course is primarily for graduate students who have strong interests in negotiation analysis, policy making processes, and deliberative democracy. We will explore a wide variety of dimensions in the practice of negotiation and consensus building. This course is designed to develop a solid theoretical understanding of negotiation and participatory policy making processes.

Students are expected to have taken at least one basic course on negotiation analysis (such as 5130020 Negotiation and Consensus Building). In the classroom, each student will be asked to provide a review of one of the assigned readings and suggest a few interesting questions and/or topics for further discussions.


April 7, 2009: Introduction
April 14, 2009: Negotiation Analysis
April 21, 2009: Culture and Negotiation
April 28, 2009: Policy-making Processes
May 12, 2009: Consensus Building Processes
May [TBD], 2009: Fairness and Value in Policy Making Processes
May 26, 2009: Water/Sea
June 2, 2009: Natural Environment
June 9, 2009: Student Presentation
June 16, 2009: Scientific Discourse
June 23, 2009: Climate Change Negotiation
June 30, 2009: International Negotiation
July [TBD], 2009: Globalization of Neg. and Participatory Policy Making Processes
June 14, 2009: Student Presentation—Final Wrap Up

Course materials

Reading list will be provided in the final syllabus. Three to five book chapters and journal articles per week.


50% participation/discussion; 50% final project
Final Project:
Each student is asked to write a short paper (10~20 pages) on the topic of his/her choice.

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