IR LITE SIM

A quick-run version of the world-famous Statecraft International Relations Simulation! Students become the world leaders and experience course concepts firsthand.

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Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 400 universities

STUDENTS BECOME THE WORLD LEADERS

When students sign up for the Statecraft IR Lite Simulation they enter a rich fictional world where they must cooperate and compete to achieve global goals, competitive goals, and quality of life goals. They’ll start by taking a Foreign Attitude Survey so that the system can group them into a country with other likeminded classmates. In the “Lite” version of the simulation countries will already be configured for students so they can start playing immediately. 

The objective of the game is to gather as many points as possible and cultivate the most impressive country the world has ever seen! 

Goals

In the Lite version of the simulation students work towards Cooperative Global Goals that are shared with the entire world such as ending world hunger, plus a special Secret Goal that involves either military spending or domestic quality of life.

Strategy

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.

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.

International Factors

Countries in the Lite IR Simulation are grouped into alliances to deal with big world events such as Ice Mountain melting and threatening to flood the entire globe! Both simulation events and classmates create drama and excitement that demonstrate how intertwined the world truly is.

Statecraft creates situations where students personally experience key historical and world politics concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage. Along the way they’ll have questions and struggles that can become prime teachable moments.

Regardless of their world ranking every student will grapple first-hand with the complex mix of international and domestic pressures that world leaders face, finishing with a much deeper understanding of International Relations.

How is the Lite Version different from the Full Sim?

Since this is a “Lite” version of the simulation you’ll only experience about 30% of the features and capabilities available in the full Statecraft IR Simulation. That said, you’ll still get a lot of benefits! You’ll still create intense engagement as students experience lessons first-hand. It’s a perfect teaching tool to add to your course last-minute in response to moving classes online. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a Statecraft Simulation if you’ve been curious but not ready to implement the full version in your class. 

You can read about the full suite of features offered in the comprehensive version of the Simulation on the Statecraft IR Product page >>

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

Runs for 4 weeks

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Military abilities and Complexity are significantly reduced

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

Simplified Human Security Engine system affecting Quality of Life scores and citizen behavior

Students pay $35

Students pay $24.75

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

$35 per student

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Runs for 4 weeks

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Military abilities are significantly reduced

Simplified Human Security Engine system affecting Quality of Life scores and citizen behavior​

Students pay $24.75​

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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. 

an immersive virtual world

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. 

Tour the Statecraft World Map Student Interface:

Diplomacy

Military

Intelligence

Statecraft IR World Map on a Mobile Phone

Domestic

Research

Resources Bar

Time-Saving instructor Tools

Foreign Policy Attitude Test

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.

Automated Grading in Statecraft IR

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. 

how it works

The Lite version is extra easy to set-up & launch

Statecraft IR Sim Sign Up Screen
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Playing the Simulation

The Instructor's Role

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Conclusion & Grading

Let's do this! Experience Statecraft for Yourself

Book your personal demo today! We’ll answer your questions, show you how these cool features work and help you set up your first Statecraft IR Lite Simulation.

Course concepts covered

The multidimensional Statecraft IR Lite Simulation program covers a handful of course concepts within major IR sub-categories. Using the simulation creates new opportunities to demonstrate how course concepts come to life. Students are experiencing lessons first-hand so they’re more engaged and develop personal opinions about what they’re learning. Instructors report being able to have more productive lessons and more interesting conversations with students. 

Zoomed in image of the Statecraft IR World Map

Global Environmental Politics

Levels of Analysis

International Political Economy

Terrorism

Theoretical Perspectives

Human Security

Foreign Policy

The full Statecraft IR Simulation covers more than 50 course concepts. Read about the full version here >>

Reasons the Statecraft IR Lite Simulation is so effective:

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Large Lecture Class

Results you’ll experience:

Costs much less than a textbook

Students pay

$24.75

4.6/5

4.56

out of 5 stars

Instructors rated Statecraft Customer Service 4.56 of 5 stars in the 2019 User Survey

Excellent Customer Support

Get started today to experience how Statecraft brings International Relations to life in your course!

You can sign up online now to get started immediately or book your personal demo! We’ll give you a complete product tour, answer all of your questions and help you configure your first Statecraft IR Lite Simulation.

Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 400 universities

Statecraft Project LeaderMaker

As a company, we are passionate about student success! Our mission is to engage students in social science topics in a way that ignites their curiosity, excitement for learning, and social skills regardless of their learning styles or socio-economic disadvantages. In the spirit of this mission, we founded the Statecraft Project LeaderMaker, which donates simulation accounts to low-income high schools. Contact Joe at [email protected] to learn more about the program. 

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