Simulations are exercises where the instructor places students in a scenario based on fictional or non-fictional events. Ocurring within the safe confines of a classroom, simulations provide a way for students to practice course concepts in real-world scenarios. Simulations are an excellent activity for increasing student engagement and an effective way for achieving learning objectives

Below are instructional packets outlining course simulations for U.S. politics courses that may be adopted for different fields. These activities provide a way to teach course objectives as well as critical concepts of political strategy and negotiation. Reach out with any additional questions that you may have, and be sure to let us know how the simulation works for you and your students.

The United States Capitol Building against a blue sky.

U.S. Government and Politics

Additional information on completing the simulation can be found in "Ways and Means," published in the Journal of Political Science Education.

U.S. State and Local Government

Political Parties