The Civilizations course offers a cooperative, game-based and entertaining learning experience in the fields of politics, social sciences, economics and the history of ideas. Students will play the role of members of the government of a newborn state they devise in an 8-week long simulation. During the term, the governors of the state will encounter various political, social and historical problems and challenges, and it will be their tasks (as members of the government) to give appropriate responses to the given challenges.
Students will form groups of 3-4, running the governments of separate fictional countries. Each course group will feature 3 states, which will compete in the first and cooperate with each other in the second part of the term. Two groups will be formed in the first seminar for each module group and will remain unchanged until the end of the module. As representatives of their respective governments, students will have the responsibility to make decisions concerning their country’s political and economic system, as well as address specific challenges the state will encounter.