MUN at a glance
1) What is Model UN?
MUN is a simulation of the real United Nations that meets in New York with members of many of the world’s nations.
2) A curriculum within itself
MUN is a blend of many subjects, including foreign policy, geopolitics, history, geography, world religions, environmental science, writing, speaking, research, problem solving, economics and more.
3) National Council for the Social Studies standards
MUN touches on all ten national Social Studies standards.
4) World History tie-ins
These are but a few of the many tie-ins to global education: Colonialism, Imperialism, world religions, political systems, world cultures and economic systems.
5) Topics not in textbooks
MUN members learn about many topics not covered in any textbook and this adds a lot of depth to their knowledge of the world. Topics may include environmental issues, post-colonial issues, human trafficking, disaster relief, etc.
6) A range of students/diversity
No minimum grade point average is required for members but students must keep up with their class work to remain in MUN. Students who are outgoing, “argumentative” or competitive will probably like it.
Students can experience MUN by participating in the after school club to get a feel for it and what it has to offer. At that point, students who then decide to join the club will begin attending regular meetings in September (TBA).
MUN will attend both the October and March conferences at ASU to compete against students from across the state. In addition, we may host other schools for Saturday clinics at which WLMS students will teach other kids about MUN.
9) Extra grades
All MUN work will be factored into your class averages if you have Haney for ELA.
Model UN Syllabus
Practice session – session in which students learn how to do everything
Scrimmage – practice session involving issues to be debated at a conference
Introduction/practice session 1 begins: pair up in delegations, read background report on silly topic (position papers will be written with background, solution to the problem and how each country has helped the situation), parliamentary procedure, delegate/delegation, draw a state, practice items 1-10 on study guide (chairperson, agenda and motion to set it, speaker’s list and motion to set it, speaker’s time and motion to set it, twenty and twenty, three ways to yield time, decorum).
Practice session 1 continues: practice items 11-20 on study guide - moderated caucus and motion to set it, non-moderated caucus and motion to set it, having the floor, both types of caucuses, points of personal privilege and inquiry, right to reply and tabling the topic.
Practice session 1 ends: practice items 21-25 on study guide (signatory, sponsor, friendly and unfriendly amendments, roll call, standing, voice and placard votes, perambulatory and operative resolutions, voting with rights, state sovereignty, sanctions, abstaining and for-to-and-against).
Prep for Scrimmage 1 begins: motions and procedures practiced in Practice Session 1 will be repeated using one of the issues to be debated at A.S.U.; research will begin on your state’s position to prepare for position papers; these will be written with background, point of view, solution to the problem and how each country has helped the situation.
Finish writing/revising position papers/begin Scrimmage 1
Continue/finish Scrimmage 1
Begin research/writing on topic 2
Finish writing/revising position papers/begin Scrimmage 2
Finish Scrimmage 2
Begin research/writing on topic 3
Finish writing/revising position papers/begin Scrimmage 3
Go to App conference, 7:30-4:30 (approximately)