CHALLENGE LEVELS:

"Challenge level" refers to the rigor of the course. Please note the challenge level of each course and choose wisely. A course should stretch, not break, the student. We do expect students to do all of the work to ensure lively and informed debate. 

Level 1: 1-2 hours of homework per week. Readings are high school level.

Level 2: 2-3 hours of homework per week, which does not include intensive, close reading that can vary from student to student. Readings are high school or college-level

Level 3: 3+ hours of homework per week, which does not include intensive, close reading that can vary from student to student. Readings are quite challenging even for college or post-graduate level students.

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    Challenge Level 1

    The class is designed to prepare students for an easier transition into any competitive MUN club or to attend an MUN conference. Students will learn

    • parliamentary procedure,
    • substantive areas in international law, foreign affairs, and strategic initiatives,
    • public speaking and debate skills, and
    • negotiation and communication skills

    through games, projects, and experiential learning. 

    Who should join?

    • Students who may feel lost in their current club and want to catch up,
    • Students who are too young for a high school club,
    • Students who just want to learn more about the world, or
    • Students who like to role play, talk to people, research, and speak out. 

    Any middle or high school student may attend. 

    Challenge Level 3

    How do you heal a society after apartheid, war, genocide? How can do you ask people to be at peace with torturers still walking free or former enemies living next door? This class will explore these issues in depth over the course of a year.Transitional Justice

    Challenge Level 3

    We will reading full and closely examine the foundational texts of Classical Realism: Thucydides', History of the Peloponnesian War, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Hobbes' The Leviathan. We shall begin with Thucydides. We'll study the history of the Ancient Greek political system to set the context for his work. We will supplement with excerpts from Herodotus, Xenophon, Plutarch, Plato, and Aristotle. We will move to Renaissance Italy where we study the Italian city-state, her alliances and networks, and the revolutions in ideas as we read Machiavelli. Finally, we will move through the Reformation and the upheaval in Europe to set the stage for our final author: Hobbes. Peloponnesian War

    Challenge Level 2

    We continue with our exploration of International Theory and move into the modern era of revolution deconstruction. Classical theories are revived: just add a "neo" to it!

    Challenge Level 1

    Challenge Level 2

    Are you an institutionalist? A realist? A constructivist? Are we at the end of history as one theorist posits? What does Kant have in common with Bush, Jr, and why is Bush a liberal after all? Hopefully, you will answer all of these questions and more in this session.

    Summer reading:
    Thucydides' The History of the Peloponnesian War (focus on Melian dialog, Book Five, Chapter XVII)
    Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan
    Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

    Spectrum

    Challenge Level 2

    In this course, we will focus on the laws and ethics involved as humans push the boundaries in science.

    Challenge Level 1

    We will continue our development in negotiations and add public speaking and argument analysis to our array of skills. US Foreign Policy will be our substantive focus this session.

    Security Council

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