Model United Nations and Advanced Geography
- Grades 5-6
Residential and Commuter
- History and Social Science
Countries addressing a global challenge like climate change, weapons proliferation, or the coronavirus pandemic often present their concerns to the United Nations. The ways in which the U.N. tackles them is sometimes controversial. Nevertheless, understanding its mission and functions remains essential to international relations. In this course, you will study the structure and processes of this multilateral institution through readings, discussions, research, and short lectures. You’ll examine how physical, economic, cultural, and political geographies influence and inform policymaking, build your writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, and practice them in model U.N. simulations. You and your classmates will assume the role of ambassador to a particular country and research where you would stand on issues before the U.N.; draft position papers, and refine resolutions to present them to a mock meeting of the General Assembly, Security Council, or other U.N. entity. As novice diplomats learning the art of compromise, you’ll negotiate resolutions, practice parliamentary procedure, and build coalitions to represent your country’s best interests.
Typical Class Size: 14-16
- Compare and contrast the geographic resources and challenges of nations by interpreting various map forms
- Describe the relationship between physical, economic, cultural, and political geographies and policymaking
- Apply knowledge of the United Nations structure and processes to the development of various motions, resolutions, and position papers
- Research current foreign policy issues using primary and secondary resources
- Construct persuasive arguments in both written and oral form
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides all texts; no purchase is required.
- The Winning Delegate, Kerem Turunç
- An Insider’s Guide to the U.N., Linda M. Fasulo
- The State of the World Atlas, Dan Smith
- A major newspaper
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