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Teaching Political Science to Undergraduates by Laure Paquette

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The theory and practice of politics is often covered by a combination of lectures delivery and long form written work – essays, examinations, etc. A simulation exercise, on the other hand, presents all the advantages of active pedagogy, as well as covering some of the basic themes typically present in upper-year or – division courses. Role-play simulations are extensively established in the literature on teaching and learning at the university level (Woodworth and Gump, 1982; Walcott, 1976; Gould, 1979). In recent years, classroom role-play simulations have been used for Cabinet and budget processes in courses on Canadian Politics at the University of Toronto, for determining foreign policy at Dalhousie University, for determination of future ...

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