Model United Nations Association
The Model United Nations Associations (MUNA) is devoted to the simulation of international politics. While United Nations simulations are still the main focus of club activities, today simulations are held of historical events (The Court of Ivan the Terrible and the Roman Empire), fictional scenarios (Star Wars and Harry Potter), and current politics (the US Supreme Court and the Chinese Communist Party) as well as larger conferences that resemble the UN main body. We are incredibly pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first annual Wilmington International Crisis Simulation (WICS) for high school students. More information will be released as it is made available.
Through Model UN, students can develop their political and diplomatic skills, show leadership, engage in negotiation, learn to write resolutions, improve their public speaking, and make friends around the United States and the world. The crisis situations presented to the councils, from wars to famine, demands critical thinking in fast paced environs, team work, and the student's ability to think on their feet while forming alliances to watch for subversion in the ranks.
The UNCW Model United Nations club strives to travel at least 3 times per year to conferences around the US (and occasionally internationally) to attend conferences during which United Nations and other committees are modeled. In between conferences, we strive to hold mini-conferences within the group as a form of practice and to keep from having months of down time between trips.
There is a companion course in the Department of Public and International Affairs, PLS 221: Model United Nations, in which students can earn academic credit for participating in Model United Nations. In Spring of 2013, an article (PDF) on UNCW's Model United Nations class was published in the Arts and Sciences magazine.