This exciting learning experience has political science students
engaging in a role-play simulation.
The role-play simulation spans a period of 5 weeks and has
students assuming the role of members of the United Nations
Security Council. The Security Council has been convened to
discuss the critical issue of the sanctions imposed on Iraq.
The learning design has been divided into the three critical
phases normally associated with role-play activities: planning
and preparation, interaction, and reflection and evaluation.
The first phase sees students preparing for the activity by
researching their particular role. For this they are provided
with specific references for their role and general references
regarding international diplomacy, both electronic and paper-based.
The next phase involves both face-to-face and electronic communication
in the form of meetings of the UN Security Council
and secret diplomacy via the web site. The final phase involves
students reverting to themselves and reflecting on the process
and experience, leading to a collaborative group report.
Facilitation of the activity by tutors is critical, particularly
during the interaction phase.