Model United Nations and Advanced Geography

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Model United Nations and Advanced Geography
Humanities Course
Course CodeUNAG
Year Opened1993
Sites OfferedALE, BRI, CGV, GIL, LAJ, LOS, NUE, SPE SRF, WLA
Previously OfferedBDA, BTH, CAL, CHS, EST, HKY, LOU, MBU, MSA, MTA, NLD, NUE, NRS, OMS, PAL, SAN, SCZ, SHD, STP, WDS, WIN
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1996):

Students in this course examine international relations, with emphasis on understanding the effects of geography on politics. Various activities based on the Model UN structure help the students learn the beginnings of geopolitics and examine the structure, goals, and purposes of the United Nations as an international organization. Students build upon a basic structural knowledge of the United Nations by completing extensive readings on the historical foundations of the institution as well as its evolving contemporary position in Euratlantic-Islamic relations. Students then proceed to a practical consideration of the future of the United Nations in its various contemporary contexts. Development and use of new knowledge is encouraged through research, preparations of student-delegate position papers offered for debate, and extensive class discussions.


Past Classes

UNAG CHS 13.2 was instructed by Sierra and TA'd by Sarah. Halfway through the session, the UNAG class became engaged in prank wars with both Examining the Evidence B and Flight Science. A "UNAGicorn" was left in EXAM-B to be returned to the UNAG classroom as a EXAMicorn (with the addition of caution tape spread throughout the room). An attack on Flight Science had the consequence of numerous "airplanes" made of straws and clay stuck throughout the classroom, one of which was stuck in the forehead of the poster of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, leaving TA Sarah very emotionally distraught. Nukes and North Korea were frequently discussed, despite not being part of the actual curriculum. They also got their own Nine-Square court, which generally hacked off the rest of the camp.

At CHS 14.2 (again instructed by Sierra and TA'd this time by Sam), the last debate turned into a World War III, after Rwanda launched an invasion of the UK, China sanctioned Russia for losing a nuke, and China sent 200,000 troops to invade Rwanda. This probably happened because of World in Conflict, an activity introduced by RA Gerard earlier in the session.

At CHS 15.2, UNAG started a feud with BACO-B, and there was much tension, targeting in foursquare, an ultimatum left on a bench on the quad, and a unicorn stuffed animal that UNAG threatened to kill if BACO did not accept their peace terms.

At BRI 15.2, the UNAG class members loved to play a variation of tag called 'Everybody's It' that was taught to them by their instructor. They loved it so much that they created standardized rules to the game, formed alliances, and even added commentators.