Simulations and experiential learning strategies in International Relations (2021 Faculty Showcase)
From Aaron Royer
Dina Moulioukova, Lecturer, International Studies
This presentation explores the value of experiential “in context” learning in International Relations. I will evaluate the application of and key benefits of different hands-on activities such as geopolitical simulations. Simulations have been employed successfully in International Relations courses since the 1950s. Building on the existing literature, I describe effective role-playing exercises I have adopted at the University of Miami for introductory undergraduate International Relations courses where students work collaboratively in teams. The simulations are structured to meet clear learning outcomes and provide an opportunity for experiential learning about different theories in International Relations and the complexity of global problems.