Postgraduate students commonly lack the experience to understand how to operationalise a campaign for human rights and democratisation. That is, they know that they want to fight for social justice, but they don’t know exactly what that means, nor do they have the opportunity to explore how their theoretical learning can strengthen critical analysis of practical implementation. While academic coursework offers an excellent introduction to the conceptual frameworks that explain the ‘why’ of human rights violations and a lack of democracy, these courses may be less effective in answering the ‘how.’ The GSJN simulation project addresses this lack of experience by offering students the chance to participate in a multi-level simulation activity for postgraduate students from several disciplines.
The simulation takes place over the course of one full day during the semester and posits a crisis of democratisation and human rights, drawn from a significant event in global social justice, and assigns various roles to groups of students, who will then work to solve the crisis on the domestic, regional, and international levels. The project will thus provide students with a clear understanding of what levers are effective (or ineffective) in promoting global social justice at various geographic levels. Industry experts are invited to join for the day so that they can work with groups to develop ideas, note realistic and unrealistic events and tactics, and make recommendations.