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Learning Opportunities in a Department-Wide Crisis Simulation: Bridging the International/National Divide

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 June 2009

Jeanne S. Zaino
Iona College
Tricia Mulligan
Iona College


When designed and executed properly, role-playing simulations go a long way to enhance student learning. Typically, however, simulations are divided along subfields. Most exercises, whether based on real or fictitious events, either place students in various roles within a country or have them represent the international interests of one country among others. In an effort to bridge this divide and answer recent calls to internationalize the curriculum, we have designed and implemented a department-wide crisis simulation. The article demonstrates that students engaged in a large-scale, department-wide simulation gain a greater appreciation and understanding of political processes and variables including negotiation, the opportunities and constraints of institutional design, identity, and strategic thinking.

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