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Challenging Hegemonic Paradigms and Practices: Critical Thinking and Active Learning Strategies for International Relations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 January 2007

Steven L. Lamy
University of Southern California


I argue in this paper that one possible way of addressing the critical issue of preparing students for their future role as citizens in a global society is to integrate active learning exercises such as case studies and problem-based learning scenarios that focus on international issues and events and significant global conditions. These provide an opportunity for students to practice the skills that are essential for participation in modern democratic societies. In this brief discussion paper, I present two very practical strategies for introducing students to global realities and exposing them to different cultural and ideological ways of “seeing the world.” Both strategies emphasize skills that are essential for analysis, evaluation and, eventually, problem-solving.

© 2007 The American Political Science Association

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