PSCI 29
War Games Winter 2023

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Games and simulations have been used for centuries in training officers to lead combat. They are used frequently in the professional development of foreign affairs and intelligence officials. And they are used in IR courses to help students analyze and understand international politics across a wide array of interactions. This course explores the educational value of games in the study of international relations. Students in this course will spend their time playing games. We will play traditional board-based war games, diplomatic games, peacebuilding games, role-playing games, and computer simulations. We will also discuss the value of these games and simulations, different theories of victory, and the effectiveness of different gaming platforms.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 1247
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, final project (10-page paper or creative project), and attendance.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to seniors and juniors.
Materials/Lab Fee: Approximately $30: $10 for reading materials + $20 for one video game played outside class.

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