Programs : Brochure
- Locations: New York, United States
- Program Terms: Spring Break
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
|Program Leader:||Underhill, Joe|
|Program Leader:||Underhill, Joe|
"It was extremely fascinating to participate in a mock version of the United Nations. Needless to say, I learned an astronomical amount within an extremely small time, and I thought the experience was not only positive but also educational and fun." --Augsburg Model UN Participant
Addressing Global Issues in a Real World Context. The Model UN in New York draws a diverse group of informed college/university students and faculty from around the world to address current global issues. The conference provides experiential learning programs that enable students to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. NMUN’s New York conferences culminate at UN Headquarters with thousands of students in attendance.
Over 5,000 college/university students, more than half from outside the United States, come to New York City each spring to discuss current global issues. Delegates come prepared to solve three pressing issues relevant to our 21 simulated UN committees. Outside conference sessions, delegations enjoy the proximity to Permanent Missions to the UN, the United Nations itself, as well as world class museums, architecture, shows, restaurants and shopping. NMUN's premiere conference is held with UN Headquarters as a backdrop.
The Priority Deadline for this program is 5 p.m. on Monday, November 13th, 2017.
The FINAL DEADLINE is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 15: students may be accepted if there are still spots available on the delegation.
Program Dates: March 16-23, 2018
Credits: 4 credits in Political Science
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
Academic Calendar: Spring Break
Population of New York City: 8.17 million
Pol 368: Students register for Pol 368, which is offered as a regular course throughout the spring semester. During the course, students will prepare for participating in the Model UN during the spring break in March. The course introduces students to the workings of the world’s most important international organization, and to the practice of negotiation and diplomacy in the 21st Century. The aim of the course is to increase student ability in the “civic arts” of negotiation, advocacy, public speaking, technical writing, and policy analysis. It is practice in the art of politics that you can use throughout your life in many settings.
Each year we represent a different country with delegates assigned to particular UN committees or organizations, each with their own set of issues. Delegates have to understand the challenges of representing that country with its particular history, culture, and current foreign policy priorities and diplomatic objectives. At the same time, each delegate represents that country on a particular committee and will be researching issues such as climate change, human rights, trade, poverty, human trafficking, or arms control.
All students in the class will prepare for the National Model UN (NMUN) Conference, which will be held in New York City in late March. You will miss a week of class and should inform your other instructors of this so you can make arrangements for the work you will be missing. Attending the conference in New York is the highlight of the course, and is also generously supported by the college. The conference is demanding, and thus requires your full commitment to preparation for it, and it is a privilege to attend. The college’s support of your travel to New York is dependent on your full and active participation in the course and preparatory assignments, particularly the position papers.