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Learning Policy Justice Through Play: Interactive Games and Simulations in an India-United States Co-Teaching Collaboration

​​​​​​​​​Project Summary:

This GLE project included in-person faculty exchange and online learning modules bringing together students from the United States and India to explore real-world policymaking in international political economy and global justice affecting the peoples of India, Japan, and the United States in regional Asia Pacific context. At the heart of this program is the innovative use of interactive games and real-world simulations, designed to not only engage but also challenge the students to confront and address complex global issues, working through them through gameplay. These interactive elements are integral in simulating real-life scenarios, allowing students to experience the impact of economic and political decisions on a regional and global level. The collaboration fosters an applied peer-exchange learning environment, where students from diverse backgrounds share perspectives, debate solutions, and collaborate on projects. Teams comprised of students from both countries worked on a collaborative research assignment with topics like global trade impacts or climate change, culminating in shared presentations. This environment is conducive to a deep understanding of the interconnected nature of global challenges, and it equips students with practical skills and insights necessary to navigate and influence the ever-evolving global landscape. Through this collaboration, students are not just passive recipients of knowledge but active participants in a dynamic learning process that transcends traditional classroom boundaries.

Project Length: 

  • 10 Weeks

Technology Tools Use:

  • D2L
  • Google Suite
  • YouTube
  • Zoom video recordings

Interaction Mode:

  • Asynchronous
  • Synchronous
  • Both

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students developed cross-cultural competencies
  • Students identified and practiced  policy design and implementation within real-world scenarios
  • Students found professional international analytical research key findings.
  • Students identified, defined, characterized, and applied concepts in international political economy, Asian political economy, and global justice.

Faculty Feedback:

"I am grateful to for the support from GianMario Besana, his leadership staff, and the Vincentian Brothers in extending kind hospitality to our special guest Dr. Sulukshana Sen during her visit here in October 2023. Thanks to the sponsorship by both DePaul and SSLA, Dr. Sen and I are carrying our collaboration forward and have already co-written a book chapter accepted in a forthcoming volume on GLE/COIL initiatives, presenting case studies from our ongoing teaching partnership since 2016." ~Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Institution: DePaul University
Discipline: Political Science
Course name: International Political Economy of the Pacific Rim / Asian Political Economy / Japanese Politics

Sulakshana Sen

Sulakshana Sen

Institution: Symbiosis International University
Discipline: Political Science
Course name: Global Justice

Partner Institutions

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States


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