POLS 123 The United Nations III • 5 Cr.


Students prepare for, participate in, and reflect on the annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York. The third in a sequence of three courses. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the history, structure, and major operations of the United Nations.
  • Identify the geographic locations of all United Nations' member states.
  • Articulate informed opinions about issues of global importance.
  • Write well-researched, well-articulated position papers from the perspective of a country other than the United States.
  • Sponsor well-researched, well-articulated resolutions, reports, and/or treaties for college-level Model United Nations (MUN) conferences.
  • Successfully employ United Nations' rules of procedure at college-level MUN conferences.
  • Use diplomatic skills—such as public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, and conflict resolution—at college-level MUN conferences.
  • Successfully represent a foreign country's diplomatic position at college-level MUN conferences.