Course Description:

This is the first time that an Islamic university in the United Sates to include such studying course and to make it part of its curriculum.  This course is an attempt to provide a concise, yet comprehensive overview of many issues that Currently affect family counseling and mediation practice.  This course will introduce our response to many social/family problems and challenges that our Muslim community’ members are facing within their families.  With such challenges, this course will represent our response to these challenges thru a specific curriculum of basic steps to help people to solve their problems instead of walking on litigation path.

Course Code: GEN402

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

It is not surprisingly, the last three decades brought to us many well recognized social developments during the growth of our Muslim communities in United States. Such growth was very encouraging, constructive and valuable generally to all Imams but more specific as well as individuals learning innovative and creative ways to solve people problems. But along with that progress we have also come concerns and unease. Like any maturity in new progress, “Growing Pains” have emerged and worth noting.

  • Write down the core concepts of negotiation, its nature and conflict definitions as well as its levels.
  • Find and utilize various mediation resources through the references, cases and experience at the end of the semester.
  • Verbally express the reasons of negotiation and explain how mediation and counseling will not be successful without negotiation and communication.
  • Observe and analyze different forms verbal and non–verbal communication.
  • List the definition of mediation, its styles, stages, the value of and mediator qualifications with my advice with each.
  • Write an essay on how does mediation works, what types of cases apply, mediation services available, and the qualifications of a mediator.
  • Conduct research about a specific marriage issue and present their analysis to their peers on the civil arbitration utilized, the Islamic Arbitration (if any), the differences between both and their possible contributions.

Course Outlines:

  1. Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR)
  2. Negotiation
  3. Civil Mediation
  4. Islamic Arbitration
  5. Comparison study of all issues previously were mentioned.

Main Textbook:

  • Mediation by Kimberlee K. Kovach,
  • Essentials of Negotiation by Roy J. Lewicki, Bruce Barry and David M. Saunders.

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • If sending emails directly to the Instructor, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
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Additional Information:

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  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.