Active Learning in Large Graduate Classes: Reflections on an “Attaining Citizenship” Simulation

Aleks Deejay, Maria Rost Rublee, Steven T Zech

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    This article details a role-playing“citizenship simulation”used in alarge graduate seminar offered by the Masters of InternationalRelations (IR) faculty at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.While recognizing the need for a more systematic analysis of therelationship between class size and active learning strategies, thisarticle offers an anecdotal reflection on the challenges faced whenemploying active learning in an IR course with growing enrollmentnumbers. We describe and analyze a simulation used in the graduatecourse to evaluate the feasibility and desirability of structuring largeIR classrooms to include participatory group activities such as simula-tions. We also hope the simulation provides instructors with aneffective sample design for simulations in their own larger courses
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)120-132
    JournalJournal of Political Science Education
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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