Playing Games with (theories of) Political Violence
Wednesday, September 2, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Hilton Union Square 13
There has been a growing body of literature that has identified simulations as successful tools for teaching students about political science. This workshop will focus on several simulations and games that instructors can use which will allow their students to be “lab rats” in their own experiments related to the use of political violence and thus be able to analyze theories based on their own experiences. Participants will be taught how to use several simulations that relate to various theories of political violence. Specifically participants will participate in the following simulations: The Hobbes Game, The Identity Choice Game, the Hitler game, the ethics of violence game and the game of Diplomacy and potentially others given time constraints. Participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of running such exercises with students as well as how to use them effectively in class.