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Through a partnership with the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers students a curriculum based on the day-to-day environment of think tanks in the Brookings Public Policy Minor. This presentation explores the use of simulation pedagogy in one particular course: “Brookings: Metropolitan Policy.” In the 16-week class, each student plays the role of “policy analyst” and produces a comprehensive report on a metropolitan policy issue relevant to the Las Vegas metro region. Through guided, multi-part assignments, students build their knowledge of the policy problem. These include assignments to: draft a research project proposal for a funder to consider; write an opinion editorial for a newspaper; attend a local governance meeting where their policy topic is discussed; produce a localized fact sheet from national-level data sets; and author a comprehensive policy report. In the final report, students offer their recommendation for evidence-based solutions to be considered in the upcoming Nevada legislative session.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Active learning; Simulation-based approach
Saladino, Caitlin, "Simulating How Think Tanks Work: Lessons from the Metropolitan Policy Classroom" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 111.