Evaluating the Model United Nations: diplomatic simulation as assessed undergraduate coursework

Obendorf, Simon and Randerson, Claire (2013) Evaluating the Model United Nations: diplomatic simulation as assessed undergraduate coursework. European Political Science, 12 (3). pp. 350-364. ISSN 1680-4333

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Abstract

Increasingly, simulation-based teaching and learning is finding a place within politics and international relations (IR) programmes. The majority of literature on this style of teaching and learning has positioned it as both an aid to content delivery and as a response to the many challenges facing contemporary higher education. Little guidance is given, however, to the practical considerations of using simulations as a component of assessment or as informing assessed tasks. This article draws upon the experience of the authors in adapting the well-established Model United Nations (MUN) simulation programme for delivery as an assessed module at a British university. This has involved balancing institutional teaching, assessment and validation requirements with the successful simulation of diplomatic practice. The article introduces the MUN simulation and explores the extant pedagogic literature encouraging the use of simulation-based learning in IR curricula, before moving on to provide an overview of the rationale for the various decisions the authors have made in adapting the simulation for delivery as an assessed curriculum component. The article asserts the value of introducing assessed simulations within IR coursework and provides guidance on how student performance in pedagogic simulations might best be assessed.

Additional Information:Advance online publication 29 March 2013
Keywords:Model United Nations, simulation, Higher Education, pedagogy, assessment
Subjects:L Social studies > L250 International Relations
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:8987
Deposited On:22 Apr 2013 12:48

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