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Teaching Simulations for Political Science

ICONS Project
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. Produced in partnership with the University of Maryland. 

Legislative Simulation
LegSim is a virtual legislature - a dedicated web resource for a course that includes all of the important features of a realistic legislative process. All students choose a constituency to represent and creates a member office. They then need to deal with the realities of congressional politics, including leadership roles, drafting bills, and caucuses and parties.

Model Diplomacy
Developed by the COuncil on Foreign Relations, Model Diplomacy is a free interactive program that uses role-play to demonstrate the challenges of shaping foreign policy in an interconnected world.

Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States
A simulation of the real OAS General Assembly in which the students "represent" the OAS Member States, and advocate the interests and policies of their assigned countries.

Model United Nations
A simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and related multilateral bodies for high school- and university-level students worldwide.

National Budget Simulation
This simulation asks you to adjust spending and tax expenditures in the 2012 budget proposed by the White House in order to achieve either a balanced budget or any other target deficit. Produced by EconEdLink.

People Power
Built on nonviolent strategies and tactics used successfully in conflicts around the world, People Power is produced in association with the International Center on Non-Violent Conflict. The game simulates nonviolent struggles to win freedom and secure human rights against a variety of adversaries, including dictators, occupiers, corrupt regimes, and to achieve political and human rights for minorities and women. The game models real-world experience, allowing players to devise strategies, apply tactics and see the results.

The Redistricting Game
Designed to educate, engage, and empower citizens around the issue of political redistricting. Currently, the political system in most states allows the state legislators themselves to draw the lines. This system is subject to a wide range of abuses and manipulations that encourage incumbents to draw districts which protect their seats rather than risk an open contest. By exploring how the system works, as well as how open it is to abuse, The Redistricting Game allows players to experience the realities of one of the most important (yet least understood) aspects of our political system.

Tragedy of the Bunnies
A simple game about an important social dilemma, the Tragedy of the Commons, that has worried generations of thinkers and is a frequent topic in political science courses. This is a free online game that illustrates the idea in a simple, engaging way. Produced in partnership with Learn Liberty, a project of the Institute for Humane Studies.

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