Model United Nations—What Are We?
Model United Nations is not just a club on campus, but it is a great opportunity to become more involved in the community, earn credit, and learn everything you never knew about the United Nations.
POSC 3550 is the simulation course that prepares students for the MUNFW (www.munfw.org) conference each spring. The course covers the history, structure, and diplomacy of the UN and some of the more important organizations. Each year, the conference themes for MUNFW change, and over the past the topics have ranged from women’s rights to AIDS, piracy in the Caribbean to environmental hazards. The members of the class participate in the annual conference and typically represent three to four member nations and their respective committees. The course stresses role-playing so the students will be prepared and know what to expect when attending the conference for the first time. For each student, this course provides a very in-depth look at the country they have elected to represent, and once completed, negotiations and public speaking will be second nature. This course is held during the winter quarter.
The MUN club is active all year. From organizing practice simulations, bringing in guest speakers, working with the local community and working with regional groups, the MUN club provides a great environment for those who want to be involved with or learn more about the United Nations and its many organizations. UNAUSA East Bay is one of the regional groups that the club works with, and this year the MUN Club will be helping out with the UN 60 event in Oakland. Some activities from last year include multi-campus simulations and guest speakers from the UN agencies, like UNDP.
This conference is held every year in April. Delegates from universities all over the west coast, and some international participants come together to debate the issues of the conference. This four day event is an intense experience, and anyone who may have feared public speaking will certainly overcome it throughout the duration of the conference. Attendees will not only be from the course held during the winter quarter, but may also be from the club.
This conference is one of the most rewarding experiences for those active in MUN. The highlight of the trip is the day you will spend at UN Headquarters in New York. Not only will you be able to see hands-on where the delegates of the world come together to create resolutions, but you will also hear some very interesting briefings from UN specialists and employees. The last conference enabled the students to hear briefings on nuclear weapons as well as personal experiences from members of the UN and State Department.
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Political Science Department