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Marching to War: Can You Stop World War 2

In this 6 day course, the learners will play a boardgame where they make policy decisions for the government of the major world powers in 1936, as we play a game of diplomacy while learning about the causes for world war 2.
Mikael Hellstrom, Ph.D.
72 total reviews for this teacher
New class
120 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue, Sep 27

Sep 27 – Nov 1 (6 weeks)
9:00 – 11:00 AM
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Class Experience

I have taught International Relations, including the lead up to World War 2, at St. Thomas University.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class discusses political developments in international relations in the late 1930s. This involves discussing the actions of autocratic and totalitarian dictatorships in the world, including Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, the militaristic Japanese Empire and Communist USSR, as well as the behaviour of colonial powers like France and the United Kingdom.

Learners play the game by picking political actions from a set list for governments like France, the United Kingdom or the USA, drawn from the game Days of Decision. These actions involve foreign policy choices, for example, signing trade agreements, or mutual defense treaties with minor powers, increasing military spending, or getting involved in the Spanish Civil War. Other what-if scenarios include an early war between the USSR and Finland, or Italy and France, or early war between Japan and China, and many others.  Learners will also have a chance to decide the outcome of the Spanish Civil War, to see its effect on international relations post-1938. 

No account is needed for Foundry.
Wikipedia and YouTube will be referred using screensharing from my computer.
Baylis, et al, 2020, The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 8th Ed.
Between 2 Wars - YouTube
Merriman, J, 2009, A History of Modern Europe, Vol 2, Yale UP.


Mikael Hellstrom, Ph.D.Game-based learning pioneer
72 total reviews
121 completed classes

About Me

I teach social studies and role-playing games. I have 35 years of experience as a Game-master of table-top roleplaying games and Live-Action Roleplay organizer and facilitator for people of ages 7+. I used that experience in my teaching,... 
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