General

ICONS Project (University of Maryland)

The ICONS Project is high school- and university-level experiential learning program that uses customized Web-based tools to support educational simulations and simulation-based training to put students in the role of decision-makers tasked with trying to resolve current policy issues.

Statecraft

This online game has teams of students run fictional countries in a world facing terrorism, resource shortages, and climate change. In addition to negotiating with other states, students face two sets of domestic policy challenges: the various interest groups in the country who clamor for particular projects and actions, and the dynamic of working with teammates responsible for different aspects of policymaking. There is an individual cost to each student.

Articles, Books, and Conference Papers

Amyot, Robert P. 2012. "Captain Sim v. Doctor Drone: Do Simulations Really Teach Better than Lectures?" Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19. Contact

Asal, Victor. 2005. “Playing Games with International Relations.” International Studies Perspectives 6(3): 359-73. Abstract

Baylouny, Anne Marie. 2009. “Seeing Other Sides: Nongame Simulations and Alternative Perspectives of Middle East Conflict.” Journal of Political Science Education 5(3): 214-232. Abstract

Blanton, Robert G. 2013. “Zombies and International Relations: A Simple Guide for Bringing the Undead into Your Classroom.” International Studies Perspectives 14(1): 1-13. Abstract

Blum, Andrew and Audrey Schere. 2007. “What Creates Engagement? An Analysis of Student Participation in ICONS Simulations.” Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Charlotte, NC, February 9-11.

Boyer, Mark A. 2011. “Simulation in International Studies.” Simulation and Gaming 42(6): 685-689. Abstract

Bridge, Dave, and Simon Radford. 2013. “Teaching Diplomacy by Other Means: Using an Outside-of-Class Simulation to Teach International Relations Theory.” International Studies Perspectives doi: 10.1111/insp.12017 Abstract

Carvalho, Gustavo. 2013. “Virtual Worlds Can be Dangerous: Using Ready-Made Computer Simulations for Teaching International Relations.” International Studies Perspectives forthcoming. Abstract

Ehrhardt, George. 2008. "Beyond the Prisoners' Dilemma Game: Making Game Theory a Useful Part of Undergraduate International Relations Classes." International Studies Perspectives 9(1): 54-74. Abstract

Giovanello, Sean P., Jason A. Kirk, Mileah K. Kromer, and Kerstin Sorenson. 2013. “Student Perceptions of a Role-Playing Simulation in an Introductory International Relations Course.” Journal of Political Science Education 9(2): 197-208. Abstract

Goodman, Andrew Lewis Allen. 2012. "Improving Student Learning Through a Second Bite at the Apple: The Value of Second Runs of International Relations Simulations." Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19. Contact

Ivanov, Ivan Dinev. 2012. "The Effectiveness of Inter-Institutional Collaboration in Designing and Conducting Simulations: The Case of ASEAN Plus Three Meetings." Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19. Contact

Krain, Matthew, and Jeffrey S. Lantis. 2006. “Building Knowledge? Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Global Problems Summit Simulation.” International Studies Perspectives 7(4): 395-407. Abstract

Krain, Matthew, and Christina J. Shadle. 2006. "Starving for Knowledge: An Active Learning Approach to Teaching About World Hunger." International Studies Perspectives 7(1): 51-66. Abstract

Lamy, Steven L. 2007. “Challenging Hegemonic Paradigms and Practices: Critical Thinking and Active Learning Strategies for International Relations.” PS: Political Science and Politics 40(1): 112-116. Abstract

Levintova, Ekaterina, Terri Johnson, Denise Scheberle and Kevin Vonck. 2011. “Global Citizens are Made, Not Born: Multiclass Role-Playing Simulation of Global Decision Making.” Journal of Political Science Education 7(3): 245-274. Abstract

Mandel, Robert. 1987. “An Evaluation of the "Balance of Power" Simulation.” The Journal of Conflict Resolution 31(2): 333-45. Abstract

McMillan, Samuel Lucas. 2014. "Bravo for Brevity: Using Short Paper Assignments in International Relations Classes." International Studies Perspectives 15(1): 109-120. Abstract

Newmann, William A., and Judyth L. Twigg. 2000. “Active Engagement of the Intro IR Student: A Simulation Approach.” PS: Political Science and Politics 33(4): 835-42. Abstract

Omelicheva, Mariya. 2006. “Global Politics on Trial: Using Educational Debate for Teaching Controversies of World Affairs.” International Studies Perspectives 7(2): 172-186. Abstract

Raines, Susan Summers. 2003. “The Potential Perils of Slack (not Pack) Pedagogy: A Response to J. Martin Rochester’s Remarks about Active Learning Strategies.” International Studies Perspectives 4(4): 432-435. Abstract

Raymond, Chad. 2010. "Do Role-Playing Simulations Generate Measurable and Meaningful Outcomes? A Simulation's Effect on Exam Scores and Teaching Evaluations." International Studies Perspectives 11(1): 51-60. Abstract

Raymond, Chad. 2012. “Missing the Trees for the Forest?: Learning Environments Versus Learning Techniques in Simulations.” Journal of Political Science Education 4(3): 69-84. Abstract

Raymond, Chad, and Simon Usherwood. 2013. “Assessment in Simulations.” Journal of Political Science Education 9(2): 157-167. Abstract

Reilly, David A. 2003. “The Power Politics Game: Offensive Realism in Theory and Practice.” Simulation and Gaming 34(2): 298-305. Abstract

Rosen, Amanda M., and Nina A. Kollars. 2012. "Simulation and Role-Play Design: Bring the Student Back In." Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19. Contact  Contact

Ross, Jon. 2012. "Political Theater? The Value of Improvisation and Game-Playing." Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19. Contact

Rothman, Steven B. 2012. “Developing and Adapting Simulations Through Six Points of Variance: An Example of Teaching Applied Game Theory Through International Negotiations.” International Studies Perspectives 13(4): 437-457. Abstract

Sasley, Brent E. 2010. “Teaching Students How to Fail: Simulations as Tools of Explanation.” International Studies Perspectives 11(1): 61-74. Abstract

Shaw, Carolyn M. 2004. “Using Role-Playing Scenarios in the IR Classroom: An Examination of Exercises on Peacekeeping Operations and Foreign Policy Decision Making.” International Studies Perspectives 5(1): 1-22.

Shellman, Stephen. 2006. “Do Simulations Enhance Student Learning?: An Empirical Evaluation of an IR Simulations.” Journal of Political Science Education 2(1): 19-32. Abstract

Simpson, Archie, and Bernd Kaussler. 2009. “IR Teaching Reloaded: Using Films and Simulations in the Teaching of International Relations.” International Studies Perspectives 10 (4): 413-27. Abstract

Starkey, Brigid A. and Elizabeth L. Blake. 2001. “Simulation in International Relations Education.” Simulation and Gaming 32(4): 690-710. Abstract

Thomas, G. Dale. 2002. “The Isle of Ted Simulation: Teaching Collective Action in International Relations and Organization.” PS: Political Science & Politics 35(3): 555-559. Abstract

Vernon, Vavrina. 2006. “An Old-Timer’s Reflections on IP Simulations.” Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, D.C., February.

Weiden, David L. 2009. “Comparing Judicial Institutions: Using an Inquisitorial Trial Simulation to Facilitate Student Understanding of International Legal Traditions.” PS: Political Science and Politics 42(4): 759-63. Abstract

Weir, Kimberly and Michael Baranowski. 2011. “Simulating History to Understand International Politics.” Simulation and Gaming 42(4): 441-461. Abstract

Wheeler, Susan M. 2006. “Role-Playing Games and Simulations for International Issues Courses.” Journal of Political Science Education 2(3): 331-47. Abstract

Wilkenfeld, Jonathan and Joyce Kaufman. 1993. “Political Science: Network Simulation in International Politics.” Social Science Computer Review 11(4): 464-476. Abstract

Youde, Jeremy. 2008. “Crushing Their Dreams? Simulations and Student Idealism.” International Studies Perspectives 9(3): 348-356. Abstract