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Crisis Games - JPM634
Anglický název: Crisis Games
Zajišťuje: Katedra mezinárodních vztahů (23-KMV)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2020
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / 25 (25)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Další informace: https://www.facebook.com/crisisgamesips/
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Kučera, Ph.D.
Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Vojtěch Bahenský
PhDr. Sarah Komasová, Ph.D.
Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Kučera, Ph.D.
Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D.
PhDr. Michal Smetana, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses not for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (11.02.2021)
• Master’s course taught at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University
• we aim to provide students with direct experience with international crisis bargaining, by participating in a simulation of a real-life crisis event
• after two preparatory sessions, the actual simulation takes place over a weekend (Friday-Sunday) in MARCH

The classes take place (see also the syllabus) on FEBRUARY 17 (Wednesday on the first week of the semester), FEBRUARY 24, and APRIL 7. The weekend event takes place on MARCH 26-28. The classes will be online by default, and dual/hybrid if the government restrictions allow.

Please read carefully the information on registration requirements below, and make sure to fill out the registration form by the set deadline. Link to the Zoom meeting room is provided below in the Teaching method section.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (29.01.2021)

As you are becoming experts on international relations and international security, perhaps you’ve been wondering how it would feel to be in the shoes of diplomats and politicians who decide over the course of events in world politics. Our aim in this course is exactly this: to give you a chance to become, for a short while, representatives of states trying to solve a major international crisis. In the coming weeks, we will hold two in-class sessions (Feb 17 and 24) and you will work with your team to prepare your bargaining position. On March 26–28, we will play an intensive crisis simulation over the course of three days. After that, we will meet once again on Apr 7 for a simulation debriefing and discussion.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (11.02.2021)

The crisis game is a pedagogical tool for simulating the decision-making process at the international level. This technique, in comparison with classroom teaching, allows students to get the first-hand experience of the conditions and constraints of practical international politics. The game will be set in a problem invented for the game, though based on a real background. The problem should be of gravity sufficient enough to generate an international tension that would require governments in the real life to react. The game situation must also permit for diplomatic and political rather than military treatment, although a resort to force should remain an available option for actors.

History of the concept

The crisis game concept has its origins in war games of the Prussian General Staff. However, it had not been until the 20th Century that the traditionally purely military games were transformed into a political exercise. The direct forerunner of the crisis game concept thus was the game organised by Erich von Manstein in Germany in 1929. This exercise was designed to stimulate a situation in which political tension led to a Polish attack on East Prussia. The aim of this game was to find a strategy utilising the combination of military means and diplomacy and also to bring the understanding of politics to military officers.

For the purpose of academic research the concept of crisis games was developed in RAND by Herbert Goldhamer in the 1950s. RAND’s experimenting with political gaming was intended as a tool of research. Subsequently was the model of politico-military games imitated by other academic institutions, including for the purpose of teaching. Whereas the research strain of gaming did not live up to expectations and was soon abandoned, the crisis game as a teaching tool has become firmly rooted in curricula of US and UK universities.


Classes meetings on Zoom

Classes take place on Zoom: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/91697628974 (password is 709843)


Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (29.01.2021)

There are four main areas that we will evaluate:

  • Active participation in the classes prior and after the crisis event, including homework assignments (20% of points)
  • Active participation in the crisis event (this is a mandatory participation requirement; 30% of points)
  • Group policy paper and fact sheet preparation prior to the crisis event (approximately 2500 words; 30% of points)
  • Individual debrief exercise after the crisis event (20% of points)


The following grading scheme is applied:

  • 100-91: A
  • 90-81: B
  • 80-71: C
  • 70-61: D
  • 60-51: E
  • 50 or less: F (fail).
Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. rer. pol. Michal Parízek, M.Sc., Ph.D. (29.01.2021)

Sadly, the capacity of this course is strictly limited. Every year, we do our best to select particularly those students who show an exceptional motivation to participate in this course, who are generally active in other classes, and who possess sufficient language and other skills that are required for the simulation game. As such, we do not follow the usual first-come-first-serve principle but reserve the right to select the participant based on the information that you provide us about yourselves.

Click on the following link and fill out the registration questionnaire by February 16th: https://forms.gle/JMpoByi4Xf111qty6

We will inform you shortly whether your registration was successful.

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