Model United Nations as an Active Learning Tool for Global Negotiation


Simulations have become a popular active learning tool used to facilitate the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills by students. This paper presents our pedagogical experiences of Model United Nations in English within the educational context of Japan. It specifically refers to the case study of Tsukuba English Models United Nations (TEMUN) organized between 2012 and 2019 at the University of Tsukuba within two programs of global education. The paper describes the process of adjusting the Model United Nations simulation to be used as pedagogical stimulus for the learning of global negotiation. After briefly introducing the educational context, the paper presents the TEMUN framework in looking at three aspects, curriculum design, teaching methods and the academic profile of participant students. Lastly, in discussing the student's expectations and perceptions assessed through pre-event and post-event surveys, the paper will show new research directions when using the MUN simulation as an active learning tool for global negotiation.

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Laura-Anca Parepa, Tsuda University, Japan
Tsuyoshi Kida, Dokkyo University, Japan

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Conference: BCE2021
Stream: Interdisciplinary

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