ERIC Number: ED327891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Utilizing Germania-Franistan as an Exercise in Negotiated Decision-Making for the Introductory Speech Communication Course.
Underwood, Willard A.
The introductory speech communication course can benefit from the use of simulation exercises. In one exercise, students negotiate on behalf of the imaginary governments of Franistan and Germania. Participants are furnished with statistical data and informed that the two countries are mutually dependent, that they share a border, and that the city of Midly straddles the border. The problem to be negotiated is that only the Germanian side of the city has hospitals, so Franistanian mothers must obtain Germanian passports to bear children there. The newborn children are treated as Germanian citizens, and must obtain Germanian passports to return home. Franistan objects to this practice, while Germania claims that the fees generated help support the Germanian welfare system. Members of the class are divided between the two groups and are provided with lists of characteristics of both countries' citizens. The goal is to solve the conflict by arriving at a written treaty through negotiation. Often, the exercise produces a weak treaty, but other solutions may arise. Through the exercise, students typically gain an increased understanding of decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. And they usually enjoy the exercise. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Negotiation Processes; Negotiators
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990). Best available copy.