9 The United NationsJeffrey S. LantisThe “United Nations Security Council Restructuring Summit” is a
role-playing simulation designed for an introductory international
studies course in which students experience the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict. Student diplomats are faced with the
challenge of creating a restructuring plan in order for the United
Nations (UN) Security Council—an institution created in 1945 at the
dawn of a new postwar era—to better represent the global political
climate at the dawn of a new millennium. This is a tall order, but the
“Security Council Summit” allows students to confront this challenge in a simplified form that requires only three to six class meetings for application. Students' comments from past runs confirm that
the simulation is an interesting and effective way to learn more about
international relations.The literature on the use of simulations in the classroom recommends that simulations include four major components:
|• ||Educational objectives.|
|• ||Design parameters, such as background information and specific role assignments.|
|• ||Functional procedures, including rules of procedure and protocol.|
|• ||A debriefing period for discussion, assessment, and reflection.|
Each of these elements was included in the design of the “Security
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Book title: The New International Studies Classroom: Active Teaching, Active Learning.
Contributors: Jeffrey S. Lantis - Editor, Lynn M. Kuzma - Editor, John Boehrer - Editor.
Publisher: Lynne Rienner.
Place of publication: Boulder, CO.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 129.
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