"Northern Ireland: Contested Ground" Simulation
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Set in a small town in Northern Ireland, students portray local residents on a committee tasked with determining the location for a new technology training center in town. This simulation challenges students to negotiate in a contentious environment and build community in a region with a long history of religious and political tension. The promise brought to the town by the prospect of the new technology center project has rapidly been overshadowed by long-standing rivalries and the threat of violence from both sides. Together, the committee must try to devise a plan to move development of the center forward, while ensuring it benefits the entire town.
The simulation includes five roles, featuring members of the Town Council, clergy, and representatives of a local peace group. A scenario is provided along with a private role sheet to give students additional information about their assigned role's positions and interests. This simulation includes an opportunity for students to develop, debate, and vote on specific proposal plans to address the issues in the scenario.
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