Undead Pedagogy: How a Zombie-simulation can Contribute to Teaching International Relations

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A global zombie outbreak constitutes a hypothetical event in world politics that could likely lead to the collapse of civilization. At the same time, the very threat of such a global catastrophe offers a unique experimental terrain on which to investigate various possible changes and developments in human interaction in social, economic, and political processes. In this article, we discuss our experience with using a global zombie outbreak-based simulation in International Relations teaching and our attempt at measuring the learning outcomes, taking our point of departure in the existing literature on active learning. Following an outline of the objectives, setup, and parameters of the simulation, we evaluate the results of the survey we conducted of the student participants and discuss the learning outcomes discerned.

TidsskriftInternational Studies Perspectives
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)187-201
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2016

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