"Globalization and Nigerian Oil" Simulation

Globalization and Nigerian Oil


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  • 8 roles
  • Role sheets included
  • Teams of 3 - 5 students per role (recommended)

Length of Simulation:

  • Flexible; Set by instructor

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Examine globalization through the case of oil-rich, but debt-burdened, Nigeria. Students play the roles of international, national, and local actors participating in negotiations critical to the future of the Niger River delta region.

This simulation is intended to illuminate the dynamics of conflicts that can and do emerge in today's world, in which governments, private corporations, and both global and local organizations are increasingly reliant on one another. Students practice their negotiation and conflict resolution skills as they try to address the economic and security concerns of the region.

Students will take on the roles of eight parties involved in the political economy of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria -- ranging from the Nigerian military, to Shell Oil, to the IMF. 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. Students build proposal plans using a series of pre-loaded options.

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