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Dr. Julian Schofield, Political Science, [email_address]
Familiarize students with the balance of power, an ancient concept associated with the realpolitik practices of national diplomacy that date back thousands of years. This course seeks to create a dynamic environment within which students can unpack these concepts. The course consist of two parallel activities – a discussion board, within which students read a selected reading and respond to a critical question, and a dynamic simulation. (adapted from syllabus)
Using Moodle Forum as part of a dynamic simulation .
Keeping the students engaged A common theme: Real value for participation
Keeping the students engaged Lots of Discussion Group Practice
Students play one of fourteen states in a simulation of inter-state competition
They may attack one another, seek neutrality or domination, make and break alliances, and provide economic assistance.
States share borders with some states and not others, and may only attack and be attacked by states with which they share a common border. No state may be eliminated during the simulation, but states may be weakened to the point of irrelevance.
The key resource in the simulation is the power point, which is used to attack neighboring states (as well as defend against attacks) and is used to provide economic assistance to other states.
States lose power points while they are attacking and defending, and receive additional power points every turn that represent production in their economy.
Usually the larger states have more power points and receive more power points every turn. Players don’t know the results until they are played out by the TA, and the results are then posted.