World Affairs Youth Seminar 2013

Dates: July 7, 2013 - July 12, 2013
Meets: Sunday from 3:00 PM to Friday at 11:00 AM, 6 sessions
Hours: 36.00
Location: Auburn University
Fee: $569.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


Course Description


The World Affairs Youth Seminar, conducted by faculty, staff, and students from the College of Education and members of the Persistent Issues in History Network, is open to rising 10th - 12th graders and uses the Model United Nations (MUN) forum to examine global issues in a "real world" context.

Participants assume the role of country delegates and strive to accurately represent the viewpoints of their assigned country in daily MUN General Assembly sessions. If the following subjects interest you, consider attending this seminar:

- international and cultural affairs
- public speaking and debate
- social studies and current events
- government and politics
- persuasive writing
- public service

In preparation for daily MUN sessions, country delegates partner with Auburn University graduate and undergraduate secondary social studies education students to explore the value conflicts, factual data, and historical contexts of international issues. Delegates participate in group research sessions and collaborate to write resolutions or plan strategic alliances for MUN sessions which confront different global issues each day. Should delegates experience difficulty representing the views of their assigned country, require "fact checking," or begin to veer into implausible resolutions during General Assembly, education students offer assistance, but still allow delegates to experience shaping international policy through trial and error. Delegates are also supported by an experienced Secretary General, who teaches debate procedures and provides strategy coaching.

Seminar participants:

- gain a better understanding of complex international issues
- practice leadership skills
- develop communication skills
- make new friends from across the country

Additionally, while at Auburn University, World Affairs Seminar participants will attend lectures by faculty on international issues and get to experience campus life firsthand while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision.   
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