The Model UN Class/Program

POLS 138, “UN Simulation” is a class in which students act as representatives of a selected country in a simulation of an actual United Nations session. In 2014, the UN Simulation became a two-semester program focused solely on the National Model United Nations – New York each spring. The class can be taken for graduate as well as undergraduate credit and can be repeated. Students can count up to six units of “UN Simulation” towards their major.

Preparation for the conference is rigorous, involving research and writing assignments on the United Nations, the country/ non-government organization we are representing, and the issues selected for debate. Exercises in writing resolutions, caucusing strategies and using the rules of procedures are also integrated in the POLS 138 structure. While the preparation is demanding, the rewards are many. Participating students learn a great deal about the UN, the foreign policies of other countries and pressing international issues. Perhaps more importantly, students sharpen their writing and oral communication skills and gain valuable experience in human dynamics. Working in a group setting with students from all over the world not only helps nurture multicultural awareness and sensitivity, it also gives students a glimpse of the reality of complex and diverse personalities, which we believe will help them when they embark on their post-university lives. The MUN experience also finds students forming many close and lasting friendships, not only within our delegation, but with students from other schools and countries. Most POLS 138 students cite the Model UN experience as the most memorable of their college years.

For questions, please contact Dr. Janice Shiu at janice.shiu@csus.edu

Model U.N. in session

Model U.N. in session