The Long Game: Five Years of Simulating the Middle East


  • Mat Hardy Deakin University
  • Sally Totman Deakin University



Role play, simulation, Middle East, Politics


Scholarly literature attesting to the benefits of role play in teaching International Relations or Political Science subjects is abundant and universally positive. However, despite many case studies presenting snapshots of single examples, long term data concerning a role play exercise is difficult to find. This study presents student feedback data gathered from ten iterations of the Middle East Politics Simulation carried out over five years from 2011-15. The data obtained from hundreds of respondents establishes very clear trends in terms of satisfaction, engagement and workload. The findings demonstrate that students can be significantly engaged in the subject matter through role plays and that they value these opportunities and the learning that ensues, even though it may represent more work than they are used to allotting to traditional assignments. The results show that year after year, successive student cohorts have made a clear judgement that extra work is worthwhile when it pays off against their perceived learning. The inference can also be drawn that they do not see this same pay off when completing essay type assignments.



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Author Biographies

Mat Hardy, Deakin University

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Sally Totman, Deakin University


School of Humanities & Social Sciences




How to Cite

Hardy, M., & Totman, S. (2017). The Long Game: Five Years of Simulating the Middle East. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 33(4).