In-class interactive game between students playing a modification of the "selectorate-electorate" game. This game has a leader distributing private and public benefits, and others voting.Read more about Selectorate-Electorate Game
How should Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak respond to the massive protests plaguing his country? This in-class simulation requires students to adopt Egyptian and international actors' perspectives to aid President Mubarak's decision making. Read more about Egypt Protest Simulation
In this in-class simulation, students adopt the interests and goals of the Kayapó Indians, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Brazilian government, and Electrobras in order to resolve a conflict over the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. Read more about Brazil and the Belo Monte Dam
This role play debate has participants take on the perspective of leftist Chilean university students in the late 1960s, just before Socialist Salvador Allende won the presidency and shortly thereafter was toppled by the military.
Is modern representative democracy "better" than ancient Athenian democracy? In this activity, students work together to mine the readings for evidence that will help them answer this question.Read more about Ancient v. Modern Democracy
Should anabolic steroids remain banned? What about research cloning? In this activity, students work on constructing clear argumentative moral arguments using bioethical prompts. Read more about Steroids and Cloning
This group discussion format can be used in a week that covers several big concepts, each of which can be discussed along a similar ("parallel") sequence of discussion questions. The concepts in this particular class are: Wisdom of crowds, Heuristic decision-making, Groupthink, and Cooperation. Read more about Parallel Discussions about Decision-making
Assigned debates work well for weeks where several competing theoretical approaches are covered. This debate involves competing theories on approaches to explaining political attitudes.Read more about Explaining Political Attitudes