Fall 2014 Model United Nations Syllabus

POLS4910 Model United Nations

Northeastern University

FALL 2014 ~ Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm; 305 Shillman Hall

 

Philip D’Agati
Email: p.dagati@neu.edu
Office: 347 Meserve
Office Hours:
Dr. D’Agati: TBA
Sarah Lombardo: TBA

Objective
Presents students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of International Relations, International Organizations, and some of the problems inherent to Bargaining, Diplomacy, and conflict resolution.  Furthermore, all participants work towards constructing, educating, and training the most effective possible delegations for competition at several Model UN and other simulations.

Required Readings
- Kennedy, Paul.  The Parliament of Man.
- Reading Packet (at bookstore)
1.   Nye, Joseph “Parliament of Dreams” World Link 15:2 (March, 2002)
2.   Falk, Richard. “Not a Parliament of Dreams,” World Link 15:4
(July/August, 2002)
Axelrod.  “How to Promote Cooperation.” In Evolution of Cooperation.

“World Regions: An Alternative Scheme.” In Lewis, Martin & Karen Wigen.  Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography.
- New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, or similar
All necessary materials will be made available via Blackboard, in class, or in the library.  This will include readings that are assigned as part of simulation preparation for each simulation cycle.

 
Academic Honesty
The University has very strict policies on academic dishonesty. Please be certain to familiarize yourself with these policies. A copy of them can be found at: http://www.northeastern.edu/osccr/academichonesty.html  Any student found to be in violation of these policies may be removed from any competitive team that Northeastern University fields and may be referred to the Officer of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Please be advised that, as this course involves your acting as an “official” representative of the government(s) you represent, it is understood that you are able to use official government statements as your own verbally. In writing, you must indicate the individual or agency from which any such statement originates.  It will be sufficient to state “My Government” in instances where you are restating official government policy, but not when using direct quotes.
Requirements, Attendance, Grading, and Fees
Lab Fee*: $50.00, Due September 24, 2014
-       Fees will be accepted late, but in order to cover costs associated with
late fees, the fee will be increased $5 per week that it is late.
Conference Participation the JCC/Security Council Simulations:  50%
Class Simulation Performance:  25%
Class Attendance & Active Participation***: 20%
Online Book Discussion ****:  5%

* Any student not paying the fee will be disallowed participation in conferences, at the discretion of the Instructor.  Any student that does not pay the fee may receive an Incomplete or Failing grade, also at the discretion of the Instructor.

**Please note that as participation is a sizeable portion of your final grade, attendance is mandatory at all class sessions and other required events.  While necessary absences are a reality we all must live with, I do ask that you keep me informed of these as they arise.

*** Active participation includes demonstrating that readings, research, and other expected preparation has been done by the student.

****Failure to participate will result in an F for the course

 

Conference Participation

In order to earn full credit for conference participation, students will be expected to:

  1. Attend ALL sessions of the Conference
  2. Actively participate and contribute to the debate
  3. Adhere to University and NU-IRC policies while at conference
  4. Hand in all Paperwork required by the Conference, Head Delegates, Professor.

 

Conferences

NERMAL: Northeast Regional Model Arab League (Selected/Voluntary)

Dates:  Nov 7 – 9, 2014  (Boston)

CARMAL: Capital Area Regional Model Arab League (Selected)

Dates: Nov 22 – 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.)

NATO Command, Joint Cabinet Crisis, & Security Council Weekend (Required)

Dates:  Dec 6-7, 2014 (Boston)

McMUN: McGill Model United Nations (Selected)

            Dates: Jan 22 – 25, 2015 (Montreal)

 

Attendance Expectations:

Students are expected to attend the following:

-        All weekly class sessions

-        All Sessions of the NATO/JCC

 

Lab Fee

- $50 Fee is due payable to the NU International Relations Council

            Checks made out to Northeastern University, with NU-IRC in the “note”

- Fee Due: September 24, 2013

            – Fees will be accepted late, but in order to cover costs associated with late

fees, the fee will be increased $5 per week that it is late.

- Any issue with paying the fee should be brought to the Faculty Advisor as soon as possible.

- Any student not paying the fee will be disallowed participation in conferences, at the discretion of the Instructor.  Any student that does not pay the fee may receive an Incomplete or Failing grade, also at the discretion of the Instructor.

Amendments

The Instructor reserves the right to change this Syllabus during the semester.  In the event that the syllabus is changed, the class will be informed at the next session of the class and the posted copies on Blackboard will be altered to reflect the change.  Students are expected to have the most up-to-date version of the Syllabus for their personal reference.

 

Schedule

September 3, 2014

  • General Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Conferences, Fees, Schedule
  • Ice Breaker Simulation

September 10, 2014

  • Parliamentary Procedure Workshop
  • Information Session: Convention on Borders & Border Disputes
  • Practice Simulation

September 17, 2014

  • Simulation: Borders & Border Disputes, pt. 1.
  • Reading: “World Regions: An Alternative Scheme.”

September 24, 2014

  • Simulation: Borders & Border Disputes, pt. 2.

October 1, 2014

  • Information Session: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
  • Reading: “How to Promote Cooperation.”

October 8, 2014

  • Simulation: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, pt. 1

October 15, 2014

  • Simulation: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, pt. 2
  • Online Book Discussion
    • Initial Post: Due by Midnight on October 13th
    • Response Post: Due by Midnight on October 15th
  • Tryouts: Saturday October 18, 2014

October 22, 2014

  • Simulation: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, pt. 3
  • Tryouts: Saturday October 25, 2014

October 29, 2014

  • Information Session: Trusteeship Council Reform
  • Reading: “Parliament of Dreams” & “Not A Parliament of Dreams”

November 5, 2014

  • Simulation: Trusteeship Council Reform, pt. 1.
  • JCC Team Meetings

November 12, 2014

  • Simulation: Trusteeship Council Reform, pt. 2.
  • McMun Travel Team Announced
  • Travel Team Meetings

November 19, 2014

  • Simulation: Trusteeship Council Reform, pt. 3.
  • JCC Team Meetings

November 26, 2014

  • Thanksgiving Break: No Classes

December 3, 2014

  • End of Semester Wrap up and Elections.
  • JCC Team Meetings

December 6-7, 2014

  • NATO Command, Joint Cabinet Crisis, & Security Council Weekend

December 10, 2014

•     Final Simulation: 5:30 – 9:30pm; Topic: TBA

 

NU International Relations Council

http://www.mun.neu.edu/

Department of Political Science Website

http://www.polisci.neu.edu

 

 

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