Seminar: MA-Seminar: European Union Simulation: Conflict in Europe - Details
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Course name Seminar: MA-Seminar: European Union Simulation: Conflict in Europe
Subtitle Blockseminar mit Simulation
Course number 040302-0005
Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 8
expected number of participants 30
Home institute Politikwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thursday, 15.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00, ,
Participants MA-Studierende
Learning organisation Der Kern dieses Block-Seminars am 15./16.7.2021 findet als Simulation/Planspiel statt, für das in der Vorbereitung der Kontext durch die Lektüre wissenschaftlicher Literatur erarbeitet werden muss, um dann die Rollen entwickeln und politische Strategien formulieren zu können. Im anschließenden Debriefing geht es um die Reflexion der in den Rollen gemachten Erfahrungen.
Die anschließende schriftliche Ausarbeitung (Hausarbeit) besteht aus einem schriftlichen Reflexions-Report im Umfang von max. 4000 Wörtern, in dem die spezifischen Kennzeichen von Verhandlungen in der EU mit Bezug auf die Erfahrungen in der Simulation und auf entsprechende wissenschaftliche Literatur dargestellt und kritisch reflektiert werden sowie auf die speziellen Kennzeichen des Politikfelds der Europäischen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik eingegangen wird (siehe für weitere Details die Angaben im "Assignment").
Das Portfolio, welches aus den Exzerpten der Vorbereitungslektüre, dem individuellen Rollen-Dossier und dem Reflexions-Report (Hausarbeit) besteht, ist bis spätestens 31.08.2021 abzugeben und kann in deutscher oder englischer Sprache verfasst werden.
Performance record Portfolio-Prüfung, bestehend aus:
- Exzerpte der Vorbereitungs-Lektüre
- Rollen-Dossiers
- Reflexions-Report
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache deutsch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) englisch
Literaturhinweise Pflichtlektüre:
Kaunert, Christian / Leonard, Sarah 2019: The collective securitisation of terrorism in the European Union, in: West European Politics, 42: 2, 261-277, DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2018.1510194
ECTS points 9 / 4

Rooms and times

No room preference
Thursday, 15.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday, 15.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday, 15.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00
Friday, 16.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00
Friday, 16.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00
Friday, 16.07.2021 10:00 - 16:00


Seminarangebot gemeinsam mit
Prof. Dr. Christian KAUNERT
Gastprofessor am Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum
Chair of Policing and Security
Director, International Centre for Policing and Security University of South Wales, UK

MA-Seminar at Augsburg University, Summer 2021: "European Union Simulation"
(Das Seminar findet in deutscher Sprache statt, die Vorbereitungslektüre ist englisch!)

A simulation is basically a role-playing exercise. Students are given a background dossier that provides a context for the game. Groups of students are then assigned roles to play and the members (also known as ‘gods’) of Simulation Control Team (SIMCON) – comprising staff from the Department – serve as the referee. The aim of the exercise is to provide insight into the complexities of european and international politics and a greater appreciation of the difficulties faced by decision-makers when confronted with an international crisis. The simulation is a game in diplomacy, and although teams are not prevented from making military moves, in the real world states initially seeks to secure their objectives using diplomatic means, only resorting to military force after all other options have been tried and failed. In this respect, a crisis game is not a war game.

Game Phases
• Pre-game Preparation: This includes assigning students roles and distributing the background dossier and other material (i.e. bibliography, websites, maps, etc.) so that students can prepare by researching certain areas the crisis game will cover. In particular, students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the national interests and foreign policies of the governments the crisis game is aimed at. Students should also familiarise themselves with the complex social, political and economic problems associated with resolving issues in the region, so that they can participate in the game as realistically as possible. In preparation for the crisis game each team will submit a policy paper. SIMCON will treat the paper as a private communication, and will not distribute it to other teams until the exercise is over.
• The game play will start with a crisis trigger event. The game will be monitored by SIMCON.
• Post-game Debriefing: Staff and students will have the opportunity to review the game play. By doing so, it is hoped to gain a better understanding of the dynamics involved in international crises. Team leaders will explain their team’s policies, including secret policies, and justify them to other participants and members of SIMCON.

Aims: The main objectives of the exercise are:
• To give students a broader perspective on the decision-making processes of different countries and international organisations in a crisis situation.
• To give students the opportunity to respond to a crisis situation, often with little time for deliberation.
• To encourage students to examine the range of policy options available to governments and international organisations and to learn how to build a consensus for their position.

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