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Gvpt 388s - Topical Investigations:Model United Nations
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M ODEL U NITED GVPT 388S W INTER 2010 N ATIONS O RGANIZATION OF A M ERICAN S TATES J AVIERIA A LARCON T ONY M ARCUM 1104 Centreville 5 9304 jalarcon gvpt umd edu 1104 Centreville 5 9304 amarcum gvpt umd edu Website https elms umd edu webapps portal frameset jsp INTRODUCTION Congratulations on joining the International Studies IS Model United Nations UN and Model Organization of American States OAS Program for the 2009 2010 year Participating in the IS Model Programs gives students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of international relations through experiential learning We have designed this course to prepare students for participation in these two conferences in two ways First we will examine the primary functions of these two organizations and their diplomatic role with respect to issues and topics that each addresses as well as the policies of our country assignments With each organization we will have several committee assignments In these committees we shall assume that role of diplomats representing the policies or our countries to others from around the world in an attempt to negotiate and create solutions for a wide variety of global problems These include but certainly are not limited to human rights protection of the environment economic development disarmament the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the complexities surrounding war and peace Second the program will also examine the history activities and laws of our two assigned countries as we learn their foreign policies for a particular topic and development appropriate plans of action for committees Each student will represent their respective country at one of the two conferences on a committee assigned to our delegation Delegates attending the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference in Boston MA will represent the Slovak Republic and a Non Governmental Organization not yet determined Delegates attending the Washington Model Organization of American States will represent Plurinational State of Bolivia As diplomats of our countries we must know the answers to a number of important questions What has our state agreed to or advocated previously to address this particular topic What actions policies programs does our state currently employ to remedy these issues What aspects of these problems are important for addressing at the conference and what solutions do we believe can be useful for these areas In particular our two country assignments the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Slovak Republic will address a number of issues that directly relate to diversity such as Model United Nations Rights of Refugees Ending World Hunger Women and Violence 1 The Feminization of Poverty Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America Anti Sodomy Laws and Social Integration Domestic Workers Model Organization of American States Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Women and Children through the Creation of a Sub Commission Reinforcement of Co Responsibility and Cooperation Efforts in Migration Matters A Proposed Solution for the Discontinuation of Systemic Violence Against Women Facilitating and Regularizing the Movement of Migrant Workers in the Hemisphere Inter American Proposal for a Hemispheric Study of Indigenous Communities The IS Model UN and Model OAS Programs requires teamwork among the delegates both in training and during the conferences Through the course we have incorporated several components that will foster teamwork through peer review of materials and encourage the sharing of information among delegates when similar topics issues arise in their research position papers committees Specifically this course offers all delegates the opportunity to sharpen their position papers for the conference through team collaboration and feedback We want to stress that communication is of the utmost importance for all of us given that this is an online course Please read and reread the syllabus carefully to understand all of the policies assignments and due dates for the course If at any time you have questions please contact us To access the course online please visit https elms umd edu webapps portal frameset jsp If you cannot logon to the website please contact us immediately COURSE OBJECTIVES For this course we have three learning objectives for us to accomplish 1 We want to increase our familiarity and understanding of the relevant materials for our committee assignment and its proposed topics 2 In further our understanding of these materials about a committee we also want to develop the policy positions of our countries NGO that we will defend at the conferences 3 During the Winter term we will work on strengthening our writing skills through a number of assignments to improve on our position papers GENERAL POLICIES 1 We will try to meet any extraordinary needs of any student Such needs arise out of either preexisting or new conditions Such conditions may include persona social physical emotional or other impairments To be properly considered students must present an Accommodation Form A copy of the Accommodation Form should be on file in the disability support service DSS Office 0126 Shoemaker Bldg 301 314 7282 dss umail umd edu 2 The University of Maryland College Park has a nationally recognized code of Academic Integrity administered by the Student Honor Council This code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland 2 for all undergraduate and graduate students As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course All assignments must have this sentence on the front page I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating fabrication facilitation and plagiarism For information on the code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor council please visit http www studenthonorcouncil umd edu whatis html E MAIL Email will be routinely used to send messages about class assignments and relevant events related to your class participation If you email address changes please update this information with the university by visiting http www testudo umd edu apps saddr BOOKS READINGS Required Text Books Articles None Recommended We recommend the following texts as excellent introductions and reference guides to the writing process Several of these texts are in newer editions but it does not matter which edition that you possess No matter


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