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
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
This activity brings the real world into the classroom. Eva Millona visited GOV98mg to talk about The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).... Read more about MIRA Guest Speaker
There has been an outbreak of an unusual Asian disease. Which policy is best based on the scientific estimations of how many people will be saved? This activity uses this example with poll everywhere (polleverywhere.com) technology to demonstrate framing and prospect theory.... Read more about Unusual Asian Disease Outbreak
Are people predisposed to favor their own groups at the expense of others, even when the group distinction is completely arbitrary? This activity replicates, more or less, the exact experiment used by Henri Tajfel to demonstrate the "minimal group paradigm" used in Social Identity Theory.... Read more about The Minimal Group Paradigm
Student are challenged to think about the meaning of democracy by evaluating whether section is democratic. This discussion led to the installation of several semester-long democratic tools.... Read more about Is Section Democratic?