MODEL UNITED NATIONS
I am the faculty adviser for the Model United Nations (MUN) program at CSULA, which has enjoyed much success at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) competition each year in New York. Since I started in Fall 2008, the MUN program has had the privilege of representing Cuba, Turkey, Spain, and most recently Belgium. .
The MUN program is open to all CSULA undergraduate students, irrespective of major. Students who wish to participate in this program must sign up for the Model United Nations course, which consists of POLS 420A and POLS 420B. NOTE: Students must be in good academic standing in both POLS 420A and POLS 420B if they wish to attend the National Model United Nations conference in New York. Those who are not in good academic standing will still be able to complete the course and receive credit, but will not be able to represent CSULA at the NMUN conference.
In POLS 420A, students will learn about the history and current operations of the United Nations system encompassing a variety of international issues such as disarmament, security, environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights.
In POLS 420B, students will build on their knowledge by learning the political, social and economic background of the country represented at the NMUN conference. Students are assigned a committee and collaborate to identify the key country/committee policy objectives. Students then write a position paper that acknowledges accomplishments and shortcomings of your represented country’s implementation of UN resolutions and mandates. POLS 420B prepares students not just for their role as delegate of a specific country, but will also help students prepare for the NMUN conference through mock sessions.
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