Free Online Model UN Courses

Over the past decade, we’ve developed the best Model UN teaching material in the world. Now students and teachers can take all of our online courses for free, right from their own computers and phones.

Yale Model Government Europe Training

Objective: Prepare all students to get the most out of Yale Model Government Europe, hosted annually in Budapest, Hungary by the Yale International Relations Association. This course will go over the aspects that make YMGE unlike most high school Model UN and Model Government conferences, the art of the “crisis” committee, document writing, public speaking tips, and advice on how to research and prepare.

Lessons:

  1. Introduction to Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE)
  2. What is a Crisis Committee?
  3. Cabinet and Councils at YMGE
  4. Documents in Crisis Committees: Directives and Press Releases
  5. Individual Actions & Portfolio Powers
  6. Specialized Committees at YMGE
  7. Public Speaking and Debate Tips
  8. Research & Preparation for YMGE

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Building Model UN Solutions

Objective: Re-examine how you approach researching for Model UN conferences and simulations. Our solutions-based approach to research put you in a distinct advantage during committee. Learn how to craft complete solutions, using historic and modern lenses, as well as economics, political, and solutions approaches.

Lessons:

  1. What is a Solution Set?
  2. Researching and Forming Solution Sets
  3. Types of Solutions
  4. Common Mistakes and Fallacies
  5. Define the “Heart” of Your Solution
  6. Preparing for a Conference
  7. How to Compromise with Your Solution Set
  8. Putting it All Together

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Position Papers

Objective: Understand the importance of researching and writing positions papers. This course will go over common mistakes all delegates make when writing papers.

Lessons:

  1. Introduction to Position Papers
  2. Model UN Position Paper Outlines
  3. How to Research for a Position Paper
  4. Writing Advice for Position Papers
  5. Position Paper Strategy
  6. Free Position Paper Resources

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American MUN Procedure

Objective: Review and discuss how procedure influences debate and resolution formation. We’ll review the basics of procedure and then dive deep into lesser known motions that will help you to control the debate floor.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to Model UN Procedure and How it Differs from UN Procedure
  2. Opening Debate
  3. The Secondary Speakers List
  4. Caucusing
  5. Submitting Draft Resolutions
  6. How to Amend Draft Resolutions
  7. Voting Procedure

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General Assemblies and Large Committees

Objective: Explore how to succeed in large committees such as General Assembly simulations. This course will provide a step-by-step guide to how a large committee functions and what to expect.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to General Assembly
  2. The Committees of the General Assembly
  3. How to Prepare for Topics and Constructing Your First Speech
  4. The First Unmoderated Caucus
  5. Sending Notes
  6. Bloc Formation
  7. Draft Resolutions
  8. Lobbying and Voting
  9. Putting it All Together

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Crisis Committees

Objective: Understand how crisis committees operate, how to work with your chair, how to work with and against fellow delegates, and how the crisis room run. Learn how to build a crisis arc, use private directives, and maximize portfolio powers.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to Crisis Committees
  2. Preparing and Creating a Crisis Arc
  3. Balancing Debate and Crisis Notes
  4. Adjusting to Crisis Room Updates
  5. Asking Questions to Crisis Actors
  6. Writing Directives
  7. How to Gain Influence in the Committee Room and Crisis Room
  8. Putting it All Together

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Public Speaker and Debate

Objective: Effective public speaking is critical during debate, regardless of the size of your Model UN committee. This course will review tips, tricks, and exercises to improve your public speaking during the speakers list, moderated debate, and unmoderated debate.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to General Assembly
  2. The Opening Speech
  3. Your Turn on the Speakers List
  4. Raising Motions and Points
  5. Planning for Moderated Caucuses
  6. Speech Construction
  7. Exercises
  8. Common Mistakes
  9. Putting it All Together

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Diplomacy

Objective: This course provides insight into working with delegates in your committee and how to effectively manage your bloc.

Lessons:

  1. Introduction to Diplomacy
  2. Sharing Ideas and Taking Credit
  3. Bloc Dynamics
  4. How to Lobby
  5. The Art of Compromise
  6. Negotiating a Merger
  7. Putting it All Together

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Club Organization

Objective: Running a Model United Nations club or organization can be a lot of work, but where do you start? This course reviews how to start a club, build membership, train your team, and choose conferences to attend

Lessons:

  1. Introduction to Club Organization
  2. Creating a Club Charter or Constitution
  3. Finding and Working with a Moderator/Advisor/Teacher
  4. Recruiting People for your MUN Organization
  5. Model UN as a Team Activity
  6. Choosing Conferences to Attend
  7. Putting it All Together

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Training a Model UN Team

Objective: Your team training shouldn’t be a loose collection of exercises or simulations. This course will outline how to create a training program, work with all of your members to improve, and consistently have your team be in the running for delegation awards.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to Model UN Training
  2. Teaching Procedure
  3. Training How to Research
  4. Training to Write Draft Resolutions
  5. Debate Training
  6. Unmoderated Caucus Training
  7. Mock Simulations
  8. Putting it All Together

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Starting a Model UN Conference

Objective: Running a Model UN conference is a great way to fundraise for your travel team, but it requires a lot of work, community support, and a dedicated team. This course will outline the timeline of launching a new Model UN conference and the steps required to make sure your conference is memorable.

Lessons:

  1. Why Run a Model UN Conference?
  2. Beginning Logistics to Consider
  3. Your Team and Choosing a Secretary General
  4. Vendors and Sponsors
  5. Materials that Need to be Creating
  6. Designing Committees
  7. Training Your Staff
  8. Social Media Advertising
  9. Attracting Delegates and Schools
  10. Day-of Operations
  11. Putting it All Together

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Chairing a Committee

Objective: A great chair can be all the difference at a Model UN conference. Even if the conference falls short of expectations, an individual chair can ensure a great experience for some participants. Learn how to effectively manage a Model UN simulations while still making sure all the delegates enjoy their experience.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to Chairing a Model UN Simulation
  2. Goals of a Dais
  3. Choosing a Topic
  4. Writing Background Guides and Planning the Simulation
  5. Personalizing Your Committee
  6. Tricks of the Trade: When to Use Your Gavel
  7. Flow of Debate
  8. Choosing Award Winners
  9. Putting it All Together

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Fundraising

Objective: Model United Nations can be an expensive co-curricular activity. Travel, hotels, conference fees, and food add up quickly. This course will review the basics of creating a fundraising program to help your team attend more conferences.

Lessons:

  1. An Introduction to Fundraising
  2. Costs of Model UN
  3. Setting Goals and Creating a Budget
  4. Fundraising- Small Ideas Make a Big Impact
  5. Creating a Booster Program
  6. Finding Sponsors, Patrons, and Partners
  7. The Art of the Ask
  8. Putting it All Together

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