02 December 2013

Survival Simulations in IB Global Politics Year 1



To kick off our study of the politics of disaster, IB Glopo Year 1 got the opportunity to choose their own disaster survival simulation; plane crashes in either northern Canada or the Sahara desert, or being lost at sea in the Atlantic. Consistent with several models of experiential learning (Kolb's, for example) students used this simulation as a concrete experience for which to reflect upon. Later this week, we'll look at our first case study-Hurricane Katrina-as a vehicle to actively conceptualize and experiment with their ideas in analyzing and synthesizing real world case studies. Interestingly, the groups found that despite their familiarity with each other, the crisis conditions in an anarchic environment put a strain on their ability to articulate interests and preferences, cooperate and make thoughtful decisions under time constraints.

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