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  1. Bringing Peace to Yorkania:Designing Simulation Materials Sydney Calkin Doctoral Student, York Politics Department

  2. Released weekly • Designed to structure the simulation hour • Groups respond and interact based on briefing Briefing Materials

  3. Briefing (excerpt) • ‘The secretary-general said he condemned the violent acts committed by groups in Yorkania: “All parties must negotiate a cease fire.”’

  4. “We welcome the words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his strong denunciation of the continued violence in Yorkania and echo his calls for an immediate cease-fire. We will be urging all parties, in the strongest of terms, to engage in peace talks without further delay…” –Donors and diplomats group Student responses

  5. “The United Nations is a forum for talk, and at this crossroads which Yorkania faces, the YFF have no time for talk, instead we act upon our words. There will be no ceasefire until the people responsible for the famine and the subsequent murders of innocent people are held accountable for their actions...” - YorkanianFreedom Fighters (Guerillas) Student responses

  6. Briefing (excerpt)

  7. Keeping content relevant to all groups Design Challenge #1

  8. Keeping content relevant to all groups Design Challenge #1

  9. Keeping content flexible to fit ‘storyline’ Design Challenge #2

  10. Making content relevant to lectures Design Challenge #3

  11. Short and jargon-free • Attribute to media sources • Adapted from news media for tone Guidelines- Form

  12. Broad and relevant to all groups • Should not constrain students or limit possibilities of simulation • Provokes discussion without providing answers • Avoid mirroring one specific conflict Guidelines- Content

  13. Broadly relevant • Reflects international opinion • Doesn’t constrain options • Easily adapted Sample Briefing

  14. Design example

  15. Contact details Sydney Calkin sac525@york.ac.uk Thank you