Simulations

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 apply course concepts to real-world scenarios. Simulations are an excellent activity for increased student engagement and learning, and an effective way for achieving learning objectives

Below are instructional packets outlining course simulations for introductory and upper division American politics courses. These simulations provide a way to teach critical concepts of political strategy and negotiation to students through simulating the budget process. Additional information on completing the simulation, including the inclusion of political strategy and debriefing approaches, can be found in our working paper: "Ways and Means." Contact us with any additional questions you may have, and be sure to let us know how the simulation works for you and your students.

Introduction to American Government

  • One-day simulation (PDF)
    • Includes instructions, student roles, and budget template designed for one 75-minute class session with 40 students
  • Two-day simulation (PDF)
    • Includes instructions, student roles, and budget template designed for two 50-minute class sessions with 40 students

Introduction to American State and Local Government

  • Two-day simulation (PDF)
    • Includes instructions, student roles, and budget template designed for two 50-minute class sessions with 40 students