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The New International Studies Classroom: Active Teaching, Active Learning

Jeffrey S. Lantis, Lynn M. Kuzma, and John Boehrer, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-865-8
ISBN: 978-1-55587-889-4
2000/308 pages/LC: 99-056615

"This short book is a must for teachers of International Law/Relations."—ASIL Newsletter

"An important, practical, and practice-oriented addition to our understanding of active learning in the classroom."—Patrice Franko

"Presents the reader with intriguing ideas and innovations.... A cohesive effort to advance the state of the discipline."—Andrew J. Enterline


This innovative volume effectively combines curricular themes and teaching methods to provide practical teaching tools for international studies faculty.

The broad range of substantive issues addressed in the book reflects the diversity of actors—national, regional, and international—that respond to global problems. The authors explore new techniques for covering these issues, focusing on the case method, games, simulations, role-play exercises, and uses of technology. Emphasizing linkages between theory and practice, each chapter features classroom activities designed to engage students and encourage critical thinking. Teaching tips and a list of additional resources, submitted by members of the International Studies Association, complete this distinctive handbook.

Jeffrey S. Lantis is associate professor of political science at the College of Wooster. Lynn M. Kuzma is assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern Maine. John Boehrer is senior lecturer and director of teaching resources for The Electronic Hallway at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.


  • Introduction: Active Learning at a Critical Crossroads—the Editors.
  • Teaching Introductory IR with Cases and Analytical Exercises—S. Lamy.
  • Teaching IR Theory Through Foreign Policy Cases—J.D. Hagan.
  • Teaching About the Third World With Cases—J.A.K. Hey.
  • Using Cases to Teach Analytical Skills—D. Schodt.
  • Case Teaching Without Cases—M. Cusimano.
  • Coalitions, Motives, and Payoffs: A Simulation of Mixed-Motive Negotiations—M.A. Boyer.
  • Securing Tomorrow: A Simulation of the National Security Process—T. Preston.
  • The United Nations Security Council Restructuring Summit—J.S. Lantis.
  • Bureaucratic Bargaining Revisited: A U.S. Foreign Policy Simulation—H. Hobbs and D. Moreno.
  • Constructing Effective Systems: Simulating the Paris Peace Conference—M. McIntyre and P. Callahan.
  • Creating Active Learning Spaces in the Digital Age—L. Gonick.
  • Face to Face in Cyberspace: Simulating the Security Council Through Internet Technology—L. Kuzma.
  • Learning Through Digital Technology: Video Conferencing, Text Chat, and Hypertext—J.W. Seifert and G.M. Bonham.
  • Teaching Human Rights Online: The International Court of Justice Considers Genocide—H. Tolley Jr..
  • Learning About Foreign Policy at the Movies—P. Haney.
  • Reflections on Teaching and Active Learning—O.R. Holsti.
  • Appendix.
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