My course handles conflict and war in international relations. I pay attention to the normative framework of conflicts, to the literature about the prevention of the conflict, their negotiation in international relations and building a securitizing approach to IR. All this analysis is accompanied by illustrations of different cases around the world, for wars at different times. The student acquires knowledge about the role of international politics, international organizations, international interventions, human rights and the role of humanitarian organizations and activists.
Innovative methods that I use are related to the use of Simulation, to recreate or create a NATO summit or the EU to take a decision regarding a conflict situation that has occurred or that is being displayed in the international arena. Before using the simulation, ambassadors who have been in times of conflict or war and who have participated in summits and concrete events, will come to my class. This will be usefull for the students to better understand diplomatic skills. Researchers and project managers from research institutes in Albania that have conducted studies on perceptions of conflict, the consequences of conflicts, the subjective dimension of wars etc will visit. In addition to the simulation preparatory material and lectures, students can also have some concrete data and experiences to aid in their understanding.
Instructional simulations have the potential to engage students in "deep learning" that empowers understanding as opposed to "surface learning" that requires only memorization. Students make decisions in a safe environment, witness the consequences, and evaluate the effectiveness of their actions. Scenarios require students to use classroom knowledge, incorporate assessment skills, and create and implement a plan. Students are given an opportunity to witness the outcome and evaluate their plan and make appropriate changes if necessary. With the use of a simulation, students can implement the entire process and are required to think critically. Every student represent a state member of the organization that I choose at the beginning of the course.
Lastly the students will receive all the information necessary to understand the position of the state that it represents. It also receives information to understand the conflict or war that is being treated, and attitudes that are expected.