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Role-Playing Scenarios

Only a few of the following examples are actually ready-to-run in an undergraduate classroom, but they will provide inspiration and materials for your own role-playing exercises. Many of the scenarios, characters, and assignments need a few added details, which will enable you to tailor them to your course.


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The Sleeping Mountain part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this role-playing scenario, students represent townspeople whose lives and livelihoods are endangered by an active volcano which may or may not erupt in the near future.

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Earth System Topics: Geography, Solid Earth, :Volcanoes, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards

What are the causes and effects of ENSO? part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This NASA Mission Geography module focuses on the evidence for global climate change. In the specific activity on ENSO, students role play policy makers deciding how to allocate Peru's resources to manage for ...

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere

What Should We Do About Global Warming? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This module contains an 8-lesson curriculum to study greenhouse gases and global warming using data and visualizations. The students will summarize the issue in a mock debate or a presentation.

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere

Mock Environmental Summit part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.

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Earth System Topics: Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Energy

Transnational Pollution: Why Are You Dumping on Me? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, by having them role-play in a hypothetical disaster on the Danube River.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth, Biosphere, :Ecology, Human Dimensions:Policy, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology

Distribution of Active Volcanoes Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
In this series of inquiry-based exercises about volcanoes and plate tectonics, students will collect, plot, and interpret data and finish with a role-playing activity and a virtual field trip.

Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Igneous Processes, Earth Materials:Rocks, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Volcanoes

Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
When the science is so clear, why is it so difficult to make agreements that will reduce our impact on climate change? This exercise is designed to help students explore that important question in an active and ...

Earth System Topics: Atmosphere, Climate, Human Dimensions:Policy

Wonder Lake, a Case Study part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
A town board based classroom scenario where students decide what to do with a parcel of land on the shoreline of a lake. Various interested parties try to purchase, but must answer town board questions in the process. Real issues of land-use, resource allocation, ethics, planning, and impacts.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Land Use

Rescuing the Aral Sea: use of Case Method part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case based upon the environmental devastation of the Aral Sea that illustrates economic concepts of opportunity cost and social marginal cost.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions

Recycle -- or not? A case from New York City part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
A case for the analysis of externalities (social costs and benefits) in the context of recycling. Drawn from a program in New York City.

Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Waste

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