Co-Curricular Activities

At SFS-Qatar, we believe it is important for students to have the opportunity apply the ideas and theories that they learn in their classes to real-world situations. To that end, students are offered several opportunities to complement and enhance their learning through participation in co-curricular events.

Undergraduate Crisis Simulation

Each year, SFS-Qatar sponsors an Undergraduate Crisis Simulation in cooperation with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in Washington, DC.

In the Crisis Simulation, students are presented with an international crisis situation and tasked with achieving a resolution to it. The students are separated into teams representing the major political and non-state actors who have a stake in resolving (or not resolving, as the case may be) the crisis. Each team is provided with specific instructions to which they must adhere when negotiating with the other groups. Although it is very uncommon for these negotiations to result in a workable resolution to the problem, the real importance of the Crisis Simulation lies in the valuable lessons that students learn about how crisis situations evolve and the diplomatic difficulties inherent in resolving them.

Past Undergraduate Crisis Simulation topics have included:

  • Afghanistan after the U.S. military pull-out
  • Civil war and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Conflict between China and Taiwan over Taiwanese sovereignty
  • International health and humanitarian crisis in North Korea
  • The reunification of Cyprus

Model United Nations

Held annually, this event provides SFS-Qatar students with the opportunity to participate in the planning, organization, and execution of an international high-school MUN in Doha. For more information, see: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/organizations/mun/

Zones of Conflict/Zones of Peace

This is a co-curricular program offered in the spring semester that focuses on conflict management, conflict resolution, and on the processes that underlie both. Thirty students are chosen each year for the program, and students are selected for two different trips to conflict sites at different stages of resolution. For more information, see: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/organizations/zones/

Service Learning

Service Learning merges academic learning with the needs of the broader community, with the aim of instilling participant with a sense of the rights and responsibilities of national and global citizenship. In the spirit of Georgetown’s Jesuit values, especially Contemplation in Action, service learning emphasizes critical reflection through personal, experience-based and analytical writing and discussion. Moreover, it helps students develop an understanding of the world as an interdependent system and increases global awareness and concern. For more information, see:
http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/community/