Introduction to Political Science Simulation
for Understanding the Political World

Introduction to Political Science Simulation
Introduction to Political Science Simulation

Students spend 3 weeks in the Gov Lite simulation and 5 weeks in the IR Lite simulation. They build countries from the ground up by selecting and analyzing contemporary government and economic types. They’ll draw connections between the different political philosophies associated with each one and plot their foreign policies.  Students will play US government roles in the executive, legislative, and judiciary while spending each week building, executing, and experiencing the benefits and consequences of government policies ending in midterm elections.

The Introduction to Political Science Bundle costs $39.75  per student and requires support setup. Contact [email protected] for help. 

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When you launch Statecraft, the whole class is transported to an addictive online world where students are grouped into countries and take on the roles of world leaders. The objective of the game is to gather as many points as possible and cultivate the most impressive country! 

Students both collaborate and compete to execute their American political and foreign policy strategies and achieve the simulation goals. Throughout gameplay they must simultaneously balance both domestic and international factors to care for their citizens and navigate global crisis. 


To gather points students can pursue a myriad of strategies: from avoiding conflict for domestic wellbeing to cautiously collaborative strategies that maximize economic synergies while carefully checking other countries' imperial motives. It is possible that every country could get a perfect score and all thrive; however (just like in the real world) that rarely happens.


Each turn students try to achieve three types of goals: (1) Cooperative Global Goals that are shared with the entire world such as ending world hunger; (2) Competitive Country Goals for excelling in a certain area such as “Most Environmentally Friendly” or “Safest” and finally (3) Country Development Goals based on domestic factors such as citizens' health, welfare, environment, safety and education.

Domestic Factors

Every turn countries will produce resources students must decide how to invest; they’ll bump up against the classic “guns vs. butter” conundrum. They’ll also get a Quality of Life score that equates to points for their citizens' health, welfare, environment, safety and education. Unhappy citizens engage in costly strikes and demonstrations! Unhealthy citizens die of famine!

International Factors

There are pirates terrorizing the world! Ice Mountain is melting and threatening to flood the entire globe! Should they participate in the U.N.? What about that crazy country over there trying to build a nuclear weapon? Both simulation events and classmates create drama and excitement and demonstrate how intertwined the world truly is.

Statecraft IR creates situations where students are experiencing course concepts on a personal level and must apply the lessons they’ve learned in class to succeed. Along the way they’ll have questions about situations in the simulation like the security dilemma or the collective action problem that will become prime teachable moments.

Statecraft empowers you to transform your class into an immersive, unforgettable learning experience you’ll enjoy just as much as your students. 

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Demonstrate Course Concepts

Students experience important IR concepts such as security dilemmas and collective action problems first-hand and personally feel how complicated leadership truly is. In order to succeed in the simulation, they’ll have to apply course-related knowledge. 

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Engage Students

Game-like play sucks students into the simulations where they must take ownership of their learning experience. They’re empowered to excel to their own personal limits and shine. Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process and makes it fun!

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Save Time

The simulation is easy to set up and runs itself. You have a new tool to draw connections to course concepts and spark dynamic conversations. All-unique simulation scenarios every semester promote academic honesty. Instructor tools do tasks like grading for you. 

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Easily create an unforgettable, dynamic online class

This is a great choice for you if you’ve recently moved a class online and need an easy, effective way to spark student interest, create engagement and foster participation. It’s also a great choice if you’re unsure of what your class format will be next semester: these simulations will easily transition with you whether your class is 100% online, in-person or a blend. 

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The Statecraft World Map is where all of the action happens! Students can log in via a desktop computer or a mobile device. The map illustrates the geographical layout of the world showing resource centers, deserts and mountains as well as the climate situation. The colored lines delineate territory zones belonging to each country. The icons mark cities, military units, landmarks and terrorist occupations. Once a student spies on a foreign country those cities and military units will also be exposed. Clicking on the icons reveals more information and there’s a detailed legend key to offer extra map guidance. 

In the nav bars at the top students can access all of the critical information for their world as well as look at their intelligence data for other countries. They’ll be able to access their Diplomacy, Military, Intelligence, Domestic and Research activities as well as manage their Resources. 




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Time-Saving Instructor Tools for Introduction to Political Science.

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Student Assignments

Statecraft automatically assigns students to roles based on a brief attitude test  designed for optimum role fit and student collaboration during the initial signup process.

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Automated Student Prompting, Feedback & Calculations

Professors report an average of 13% time savings by using simulation tools that automatically prompt students, issue feedback, and guide outcomes.

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Automated Grading

The Statecraft system tracks all choices and outcomes and automatically reports final grades to the instructor in an excel exportable format for your convenience. 

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Easy Set-up & Launch

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Once the simulation launches, students meet as a country and their first action is to choose a country name, city names, and positions for each student. They also select a government type and two attributes which will bestow special country abilities and constraints. Students’ initial decisions about their country type and attributes are the foundation for their strategy and affect the way they’ll be able to operate in the simulation. 

Every regime type has bonuses and drawbacks. For example, in a democratic regime the country’s embrace of freedom yields educational and scientific benefits and makes the population happier. The downside is increased crime, a coarser culture, and limits to rapid military mobilization.

Regime type and country attributes factor into the country’s Quality of Life scores each turn, which significantly impacts points earned. That means dedicating resources to building up the country’s health, welfare, education, and other domestic ratings is a critical part of overall success in the simulation. Leaders must keep their people happy and healthy!  

Student Positions

Regime types

Screenshot showing the constraints when students choose the “Constitutional Monarchy” regime: 

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Country attributes

Screenshot of “Scientific” attribute bonuses: 

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The Instructor's Role

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Reality: challenges, opportunities, and tradeoffs

Students start out with aspirational goals and a strategy to achieve greatness, yet reality quickly demonstrates great plans are difficult to achieve! They must grapple with a complex mix of domestic and international factors as they experience first-hand how maddeningly complicated global politics truly is. They’re presented with conundrums such as guns vs. butter. Suddenly there’s a mountain melting that could flood the world, terrorists are attacking and their population is rioting because of famine – ACK! 

This “controlled chaos” affects students on a personal level: they’ll experience real emotions like excitement, frustration and shock! You’ll find a wealth of teachable moments and students will be asking you intelligent questions as they try to figure out what to do. Working through these issues is how real learning happens and it’s the reason the Statecraft IR Simulation is so effective. 

Many Possible Strategies,

National Decisions Required Concerning:

Global Issues that Cannot be Ignored:

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Conclusion & Grading

If you’re looking for even more detailed information, see the Resources page for the instructor manual, sample syllabus and other helpful documentation. 

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