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Games, simulations, and teaching IR

A workshop on “The Use of Simulations, Board Games and Virtual games in the teaching of politics, international relations and related fields” will be held from 10:30 to  to 17:00 on 8 June 2012 at The Pavilion, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London (UK), W1W 6UW.

The Department of Politics and International Relations (incorporating the Centre for the Study of Democracy), University of Westminster, will be hosting an all-day workshop on simulation and gaming as a teaching tool in Politics and International Relations.

The overall theme and focus of the workshop will be: how can simulations and games most effectively be employed to enhance the student learning experience?

The keynote speaker will be Professor Mary Flanagan of Dartmouth College whose Critical Play (MIT Press 2009) has received widespread acclaim. There will also be sessions looking at the different ways that role-playing exercises, board games and computer simulations can be used in the Politics and IR classroom.

The workshop, co-organised by Dr Frands Pedersen and Dr Richard Barbrook, forms part of a series of Higher Education Academy Workshops aimed at sharing good practice in the teaching of Politics and International Relations. It will offer Politics and International Relations academics an opportunity to come together to discuss and explore how to make the most effective use of role-play simulations, board-games and virtual simulations as educational tools. The workshop will draw on insights from the literature on simulations and games (see PSA’s IPED database), and on practical examples of the use of simulations and games, to enhance the learning and teaching experience. Participants will be discussing the educational benefits of using simulations and games, and exploring issues, such as module design and assessment.

Space is limited. For further information (and if you wish to attend) contact  Frands Pedersen.

h/t Phil Sabin

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