Hardly any other event has a longer tradition for planpolitik than the annual seminar for various Masters programmes at the American University of Paris (AUP): a three-day introduction to international negotiations and conflict management for students from all over the world. We often notice that the discussions here are a lot more lively than those at many events in Germany.
We have been teaching this module at AUP since 2007 – and for the duration of the seminar we can even call ourselves “Professeur” according to our visitor’s passes. Thanks to the consistently positive feedback from the students we were able to teach the module in Paris for the eighth time in 2014 – that means a total of around 250 students have taken part in our seminars.
The structure of the seminar has changed over the years, but the main building blocks remain the same: during preparation, students work with an online introduction reader and take a test. On the basis of this knowledge we spend our first day in Paris conducting a negotiation training with a focus on multilateral negotiations. On day two, the focus is on negotiations in crisis situations (as simulated in our game “Panic on board”). On the final day, we concentrate on questions of conflict management and possible preventive measures (as exemplified in our fictitious simulation games on Rosania). At the end, the students write a reflective essay.
The discussions with and among participants are lively and often controversial but always constructive – the interest in genuinely gaining knowledge is palpable.
Aside from the unusually active participation from the students, the framework programme in beautiful Paris increases this module’s appeal for us.
Facts + Figures
Masters students in Conflict Management at AUP and Sorbonne University Paris
- Particularities of international negotiations
- Conflict management
- Negotiating under stress
American University of Paris
The American University of Paris graduate program in International Affairs has worked closely with Planpolitik on an annual basis since 2006, articulating a superb three-day module on negotiation simulation that is highly appreciated by our students. Planpolitik's Simon Raiser and Bjorn Warkalla challenge our students with their expertise, encouraging them to develop new and creative paradigms for conflict resolution.
Susan Perry, Program Director MA in International Affairs, Associate Professor at American University of Paris
The training workshop by planpolitik has shown to me that simulation games are an innovative pedagogical tool, which I hope to use someday as a teacher of conflict resolution & civil society.
Clara Rachel Casséus-Eybalin, Consultant, Paris