Can Students Take ROMUN for Credit?
The answer is "Yes!"
In addition to the extra-curricular team, Model UN is offered as a full semester course at the high school through the Social Studies department. In the class, students research and advocate for positions on issues of their choice locally, nationally, and internationally. Political activism is a key component of the course, with most of the summative projects happening outside the classroom.
Students can take the course but not join the team. Likewise, students can join the team to debate at our conferences, but not take the course. The class and competitive team are separate entities.
Formal Course Description
PRE-REQUISITES: Grades 9-12. Recommended: US History, American Government, ELA10.
Model United Nations will offer students genuine investigation into contemporary global issues. At the end of units centered around human rights, building democracy, world economics, the environment, etc., students will engage in debates and discussions in and beyond the classroom, advocating their positions before real leaders and building opportunities to contribute to solution-making. Students will enhance research skills; learn personal skills in speech making, compromising, caucusing and consensus; and develop argumentative research papers. Oral participation, authentic advocacy of positions, and community service are essential components of the course. The course content is often formed within a Model United Nations debate format but is separate from the Model United Nations club, though students may opt to compete in various conferences around the country. The course may be taken repeatedly for additional elective credit. In successive semesters, students will approach new issues, build units on their own, and create independent study options to be applied to the broader school community.