Building Resources for Simulations in Political Science

11 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 28, 2013


One of the most notable challenges of getting colleagues to try out simulations in political science teaching is the overcoming of start-up costs. In particular, the creation of a scenario from scratch or the adaptation of an existing game can be daunting. The paper discusses these challenges and ways that they can be overcome, through creating online guides and establishing underlying principles, and illustrates this with a number of practical examples.

Keywords: simulations, political science, design, pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Usherwood, Simon, Building Resources for Simulations in Political Science (January 28, 2013). 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: or

Simon Usherwood (Contact Author)

University of Surrey ( email )

School of Politics (I4)
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom


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