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World Politics Simulations in a Global Information Age

Subjects: Political Science, International Relations
Paperback : 9780472052769, 204 pages, 27 figures, 39 tables, 8.5 x 11, October 2015
Hardcover : 9780472072767, 204 pages, 27 figures, 39 tables, 8.5 x 11, October 2015
Ebook : 9780472121298, 248 pages, 27 figures, 39 tables, 8.5 x 11, November 2015
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An invaluable guide to creating successful simulations for teaching and scholarly research

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Dear Readers,

We are happy you are interested in World Politics Simulations in a Global Information Age. The links below provide a glimpse of the materials you can find in the book as well as supplementary resources for an effective use of the book. Our goal is that you will enjoy teaching and learning with World Politics Simulations in a Global Information Age to create an inspiring experience.
All resources are in PDF or Power Point format so you can use them as handouts or adjust them to your teaching requirements. The presentation templates follow the chapters of the book and integrate its core concepts to familiarize simulation participants with the simulation process.
For the convenience of all instructors, students, and researchers using World Politics Simulations in a Global Information Age, we are happy to provide the following documents.
Hemda Ben-Yehuda, Luba Levin-Banchik, Chanan Naveh
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Table 1.1: Simulation Goals
Table 1.2: Conceptual Framework of World Politics Simulations
Table 1.3: Platform-Related Goals and Simulation Types
Table 1.4: Boundary-Related Goals and Simulation Types
Table 1.5: Interaction-Related Goals and Simulation Types
Table 1.6: Media-Related Goals and Simulation Types
Table 3.1: Simulation Typology
Table 3.2: Typology Applied
Table 3.3: Simulation Costs
Table 4.1: Simulation Schedule for a Semester Course
Table 4.2: Simulation Schedule for a Yearlong Course
Table 4.3: Simulation Assignments
Table 4.4: Setup Instructions for Participants
Table 5.1: Initial and Opening Scenarios
Table 5.2: Policy Formation Instructions for Participants
Table 6.1: Schedules for World Politics Interactions
Table 6.2: World Politics Instructions for Participants
Table 7.1: Simulation Overview
Table 8.1: Feedback Schedule and Forms
Table 8.2: Registration Form
Table 8.3: Basic Knowledge Quiz
Table 8.4: Policy Formation Form
Table 8.5: Breaking News Poll
Table 8.6: World Politics Form
Table 8.7: Instructions for Participants on Feedback
Table 9.1: Debriefing Schedule
Table 9.2: Instructions for Participants on Debriefing
Table 10.1: Grading Options
Table 10.2: Appraising Options for the Simulation Project
Table 10.3: Grading Scheme
Table 10.4: Simulation Procedures for Skill Development
Table 10.5: Appraising Scheme for the Simulation Project
Table 11.1: Change in Simulation Platform
Table 11.2: Change in Simulation Boundaries
Table 11.3: Change in Simulation Interactions
Table 11.4: Change in Study Efficiency

Appendix Table 1.1: Gulf Nuclear Face-to-Face Simulation
Appendix Table 1.2: Middle East Cyber Simulation
Appendix Table 1.3: Palestinian Statehood Hybrid Simulation

Figure 1.1: Simulations and Hybrid Learning
Figure 1.2: Transformed Learning Structure
Figure 1.3: Hybrid Learning Resources
Figure 1.4: Simulations in a Hybrid Learning Cycle
Figure 1.5: Conceptual Framework: Components and Links
Figure 1.6: Study of World Politics in a Global Village
Figure 4.1: Simulation Website
Figure 4.2: Simulation Facebook Page
Figure 4.3: Online Registration Form
Figure 5.1: Gradual Disclosure of Information
Figure 5.2: Scenario Format: International Commission Report
Figure 5.3: Scenario Format: Middle East Tribune, December 2011
Figure 5.4: Scenario Format: Middle East Tribune, 2014
Figure 5.5: Scenario Format: U.S. Intelligence Report, 2012
Figure 5.6: Scenario Format: First Israeli News Release
Figure 5.7: Iranian Policy Formation in the Middle East Simulation
Figure 5.8: Initiatives in the Middle East Simulation
Figure 5.9: Gradual Policy Formation
Figure 5.10: Values and Policy
Figure 6.1: Scenario Format: French Mediation Plan
Figure 6.2: Scenario Format: Middle East Tribune, February 2012
Figure 6.3: Scenario Format: Multilateral Negotiation Invitations
Figure 6.4: Scenario Format: Second Israeli News Release
Figure 6.5: Ad-hoc News Flashes
Figure 6.6: Gulf Nuclear Simulation Schedule
Figure 7.1: Traditional Simulation Project Learning Curve
Figure 7.2: Integrated Simulation Overview

Web LinksFor additional material see the authors’ own website www.facebook.com/WorldPoliticsSimulationsProject or https://sites.google.com/site/worldpoliticssimulations/


A comprehensive guide explaining how to create simulations of international relations for the purposes of both teaching and research.
Hemda Ben-Yehuda, Luba Levin-Banchik, and Chanan Naveh offer as a model their hallmark “World Politics Simulations Project,” which involves participants representing various states, nonstate actors, and media organizations embroiled in an international political crisis. Following the trajectory of a simulation, the authors describe theory, implementation, and analysis. Starting with a typology of simulations, they present a framework for selecting the most suitable one for a given teaching situation, based on academic setting, goals, costs, and other practical considerations. They then provide step-by-step instructions for creating simulations on cyber platforms, particularly Facebook, complete with schedules, guidelines, sample forms, teaching tips, and student exercises. Throughout the simulation, and especially during the final analysis, they explain how to reinforce learning and foster critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and other essential skills. The authors conclude with suggestions for using data gathered during a simulation for scholarly research.
Instructors in both introductory and advanced courses in political science, international relations, media, history, and area studies—as well as leaders of professional training programs in the civil and military service and media organizations—will find this guide invaluable.

Hemda Ben-Yehuda, Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan. 
Luba Levin-Banchik, Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan. 
Chanan Naveh, School of Communication at Sapir College.

“This book provides an exceptional overview to everything you want and need to know about how to use simulations in the classroom. Ben-Yehuda, Levin-Banchik, and Naveh provide a step-by-step ‘how-to’ guide with plenty of practical advice for the novice. This book will change your teaching performance and your students’ learning. I highly recommend it.”
—John A. Vasquez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

World Politics Simulations in a Global Information Age is a definitive work. This study offers an authoritative treatment of simulations from both pedagogical and research points of view. Theory, implementation, and analysis are blended together effectively. After reading this work, which includes a typology and meticulous instructions, you will know what type of simulation is best for your classroom or research needs. This guide contains many helpful illustrations and will be the standard guide for years to come.”
—Patrick James, University of Southern California

“. . . an engaging book that provides a broad overview of approaches to teaching global politics using simulations and serves as a useful handbook for novices and experienced users of simulations when planning and carrying out world politics simulations with students.”
—Victor Asal, Rockefeller College, University at Albany, SUNY

What are Simulations and Why Use Them PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDFPreparation PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDFPolicy Formation PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDFWorld Politics PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDFFeedback, Debriefing and Research PowerPoint (.pptx) | PDF