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  • English, Shqip

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Improvement of Diplomatic and Negotiating Skills Through Simulation(Resource ID: 305)

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This course is prepared in order to give students in-depth knowledge in the field of conflicts and wars in international relations. Becoming proficient to be the country's diplomatic representatives on issues of international affairs will address the key elements of multilateral diplomacy ingredients, starting with researching the origin of multilateral diplomacy, followed by basic knowledge of the approach of diplomacy in international organizations and in other institutions of the same nature. We give attention to the normative framework of conflicts, to the literature that speaks about the prevention of the conflict, their negotiations in international relations and building a securitizing approach in IR. All this analysis will be accompanied with illustrations of different cases around the world, for wars at different times. In this course, students will learn more about the role of international politics, international interventions, human rights and the role of humanitarian organizations and activists.

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.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Collaboration with Research Institutes in Albania such as: Albanian Institute for International Studies; Albanian Policy Center; Institute for Democracy and Mediation. Researchers show their results for research in the fields of perceptions of conflict, the consequences of conflicts, the subjective dimension of wars etc. From communicating with students they receive feedback on the results, they can be inspired to do new research that may arise as a result of discussions.
Students have the opportunity to participate in other research projects as well.
Strength
– Enjoyable, motivating activity for students
– The element of reality is compatible with principles of constructivism
– Enhances appreciation of the more subtle aspects of concepts/principles
– Promotes critical thinking
– Allows student to practice their skills
Weakness
– Preparation time
– Assessment is more complex than some traditional teaching methods
- Need background knowledge on system dynamics for applying the simulation.
Learning Outcomes
– To prepare students with better negotiating skills and taking a diplomatic approach.
– To familiarize students with specific actors as ambassadors and researchers of the institute, to understand their experience and learn some lessons.
– To give opportunity to the research institute to distribute the results conducted and provide new ideas for other research in this field
Relevance for Sustainability
– Innovative - making the students an active part of the learning process
– Approach that may be repeated for different issues
– Collaborative science - society network that makes it possible to develop both the view of the stakeholders and the students
Related Teaching Resources
– basic knowledge of international relations
Preparation Efforts
Medium
Preparation Efforts Description
– Instructor preparation, requires intensive lesson preparation. Material with the information on each of the states. Invitation to the guest speaker. Creating the rules for the simulation i.e. for the day of the simulation and the post-simulation discussion.
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Free
Assessment
Course assignment (20%)
Credit/Certification Description
The course have 5 credits
Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Ina Zhupa
inazhupa(at)gmail.com
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UET - European University of Tirana
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