GEN402 Marriage Counseling & Mediation

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.

  • Students will be able to write down the core concepts of negotiation, its nature and conflict definitions as well as its levels.
  • Students will be able to find and utilize various mediation resources through the references, cases and experience at the end of the semester.
  • Students will be able to verbally express the reasons of negotiation and explain how mediation and counseling will not be successful without negotiation and communication.
  • Students will be able to observe and analyze different forms verbal and non–verbal communication.
  • Students will be able to list the definition of mediation, its styles, stages, the value of and mediator qualifications with my advice with each.
  • Students will be able to write an essay on how does mediation works, what types of cases apply, mediation services available, and the qualifications of a mediator.
  • Students will 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%
  • Class participation & Ethics discussion: 20%
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Journal, 2 Video reviews and written analysis: 40%
  • Final exam: 10%

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

Log in Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • 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.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday– in sha Allah.


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