Coming April 1st:

free "lite" statecraft ir simulation

We want to offer teachers extra support during the coronavirus emergency as classes have moved online. As an offer of help, we are creating a free “Lite” version of the flagship Statecraft International Relations (IR) Simulation. It will be available as of April 1st and is designed to run for four weeks. This special Lite IR Sim is optimized for 100% online use and is a simplified version of the full Simulation experience that is especially easy to implement in your virtual class.

We hope you and your students will appreciate an injection of fun and excitement for learning right now! 

IMMERSE STUDENTS IN ADDICTIVE ONLINE WORLDS​

Student Concentrating

Engage Students

Game-like play sucks students into the Simulations where they must take ownership of their learning experience. They’re empowered to excel to their own personal limits and shine. Engagement enhances the knowledge acquisition process and makes it fun!

Statecraft IR World Map on Comp Screen

Save Time

The Simulation is easy to set up and runs itself. You have a new tool to draw connections to course concepts and spark dynamic conversations. All-unique Simulation scenarios every semester promote academic honesty. Teacher tools do tasks like grading for you. 

Statecraft Student Checking Phone

Demonstrate Course Concepts

Students experience important IR concepts such as security dilemmas and collective action problems first-hand and personally feel how complicated leadership truly is. In order to succeed in the Simulation, they’ll have to apply course-related knowledge. 

the "lite" version is extra easy to run

Leverage technology to quickly and easily uplevel your class online

  • Takes less than 3 minutes to configure
  • Easily adaptable for small classes under 20 students or for large classes up to 600 students running multiple worlds
  • Entirely automated simulation – no need for you to administer the sim
  • Students communicate via live chat and a messaging system, or choose their own methods (e.g., Google Hangouts)
  • Fully optimized for mobile devices, laptops, and tablets
  • Students receive a comprehensive instruction manual
  • Statecraft help desk will assist students with any technical questions or troubleshooting
  • Follow the developments in your “virtual world” through Statecraft’s newly improved world tracking tools
  • Instructors will receive materials including paper assignments, questions for online discussion boards, and a test bank of multiple-choice questions
  • We're adding new narrated PowerPoint presentations and other special online resources
Statecraft IR Sim Sign Up Screen

statecraft Lite ir simulation overview

When students sign up for the Statecraft IR Simulation they enter a rich fictional world where they must cooperate and compete to achieve global goals, competitive goals, and quality of life goals. They’ll start by taking a Foreign Attitude Survey so that the system can group them into a country with other likeminded classmates. In the “Lite” version of the Simulation countries will already be configured for students so they can start playing immediately. 

The objective of the game is to gather as many points as possible and cultivate the most impressive country the world has ever seen! 

Goals

In the Lite version of the Simulation students work towards Cooperative Global Goals that are shared with the entire world such as ending world hunger, plus a special Secret Goal that involves either military spending or domestic quality of life.

Strategy

To gather points students can pursue a myriad of strategies: from avoiding conflict for domestic wellbeing to cautiously collaborative strategies that maximize economic synergies while carefully checking other country's imperial motives. It is possible that every country could get a perfect score and all thrive; however (just like in the real world) that rarely happens.

Domestic Factors

Every turn countries will produce resources students must decide how to invest; they’ll bump up against the classic “guns vs. butter” conundrum. They’ll also get a Quality of Life score that equates to points for their citizen’s health, welfare, environment, safety and education.

International Factors

Countries in the Lite IR Simulation are grouped into alliances to deal with big world events such as Ice Mountain melting and threatening to flood the entire globe! Both Simulation events and classmates create drama and excitement that demonstrate how intertwined a world truly is.

Statecraft creates situations where students personally experience key historical and world politics concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage. Along the way they’ll have questions and struggles that can become prime teachable moments.

Regardless of their world ranking every student will grapple first-hand with the complex mix of international and domestic pressures that world leaders face, finishing with a much deeper understanding of International Relations.

How is the Lite Version different from the Full Sim?

Since this is a “Lite” version of the Simulation you’ll only experience about 30% of the features and capabilities available in the full Statecraft IR Simulation. That said, you’ll still get a lot of benefits! You’ll still create intense engagement as students experience lessons first-hand. It’s a perfect teaching tool to add to your course last-minute in response to moving classes online. It’s also a great opportunity to try out a Statecraft Simulation if you’ve been curious but not ready to implement the full version in your class. 

You can read about the full suite of features offered in the comprehensive version of the Simulation on the Statecraft IR Product Tour page >>

Questions? Leave us a note when you pre-register or book your personal demo so we can offer you more details. 

Statecraft IR Screen with World Map

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

Runs for 4 weeks

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Military abilities and Complexity are significantly reduced

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

Simplified Human Security Engine

Students pay $35

Completely Free right now!

Statecraft IR Screen with World Map

full Version

Covers over 50 course concepts within major IR sub-categories​

Timing is completely customizable with 7 to 10 weeks being common

During the preparatory "Turn Zero" students configure their countries

Students can create large militaries and engage in interstate war

Poor Quality of Life scores mean unhappy citizens riot and create chaos

$35 per student

LITE Version

Covers a handful of course concepts including state sovereignty, the collective action problem, international organizations, bureaucratic politics, and comparative advantage

Runs for 4 weeks

Countries are pre-configured so gameplay begins immediately

Military abilities are significantly reduced

Reduced damage from domestic factions

Completely Free right now!

"instructors enjoy Statecraft as much as thier students"

Statecraft Simulations are used in 15 countries at over 300 universities

Expect Amazing Results

  • Your students will be actively participating in class and interacting with other students online
  • Suddenly your students will be able to discuss course concepts intelligently and they'll have strong opinions that lead to interesting, dynamic class conversations
  • Statecraft Simulations promote academic honesty: since every Simulation experience is completely unique it’s practically impossible to cheat
  • Since students have to work together you'll see them form relationships even in large lecture classes and online
  • Beyond course concepts, students also learn real-life applicable skills that will make them more employable
  • You'll have fun watching all of the action; and you'll even save time with helpful teacher tools!
Student Playing Statecraft
4.6/5

4.56

out of 5 stars

Instructors rated Statecraft Customer Service 4.56 of 5 stars in the 2019 User Survey

Excellent Customer Support

  • You have help at every step of the process: from set-up to implementation and all the questions along the way
  • Both you and students can reach out to us directly at any time
  • Our customer support is available 7-days a week from 7am to 11pm; we try to answer fast and always get back to you within 24 hours
  • We’ll take care of student’s technical questions so that you just handle the political questions
  • Teachers who reach out and ask questions report some of the best overall Simulation class experiences, so we highly encourage you to contact us!

Pre-Register Now – Available Starting April 1st

When you fill our the quick form below we’ll add you to the waitlist so we can notify you as soon as the Statecraft Lite IR Simulation is ready to set up. You’ll be able to launch it as soon as April 1st.

Have questions? Want more details in the meantime? Book your personal demo!
We’ll walk you through the full suite of product features and help you strategize how to best implement the Statecraft Lite IR Simulation for your unique class situation. 

Book Demo Now >>