133,134 TUTOR: Max Stafford (PhD)
Students will form a
Cabinet and be presented with a series of crisis scenarios throughout the week.
This course is based around the idea of learning-through-doing (in this case, a
simulation). You'll have an introduction to Cabinet government and emergency
protocols (nothing too heavy) at the beginning of the week. Students will then
work through a different crisis each day. These may vary but could include
energy blackouts, flooding, and terrorist outrages. This is your chance to find
out what it's like to be a minister and have to take those critical decisions.
The course is guided by a tutor who previously worked as an advisor to former
Monday (2 parts):
ĚPart 1: Introduction to how the course will run and assigning of roles to be assumed during simulations
ĚPart 2: Mini crisis session
Tuesday (1 large simulation):
There has been a significant terrorist incident. There are concerns that this is merely the first in a series of attacks targeting sites of major public interest. The nation needs reassuring and, more importantly, you need to make sure Britain is safe. How will you respond? What are your immediate priorities? Can you work as a team to get Britain back to normal as soon as possible?
Wednesday (1 large simulation):
A very hot and dry summer has been followed by the arrival of a month's rainfall within 48 hours (particularly in the South West). 7000 households have been displaced and 20,000 homes have been left with damaged water and electrical supplies. More rain is forecast to fall within the coming days. How will your respond? What are your immediate priorities? Can you work as a team to get Britain back to normal as soon as possible?
Thursday (1 large simulation):
Recently, the UK has been experiencing a deteriorating relationship with Russia. There have been clear indications that the Russian government have conducted covert operations on UK soil (against both dissident Russian nationals and UK citizens). Diplomatic pressure has bought little success in terms of de-escalation. Now, a Russian battleship is one hour away from entering UK waters. How will your respond? What are your immediate priorities? Can you work as a team to get Britain back to normal as soon as possible?
Friday (2 parts):
ĚPart 1: The government has recently tried to pass legislation on student fees. It has been defeated, by a substantial majority in the House of Commons. The Prime Minister has personally backed the legislation and the defeat has been a major blow to his/her political capital. As a consequence, they inform you of their intention to resign immediately. You must now elect their successor, as an emergency PM, from within your number. How will your respond? What are your immediate priorities? Can you work as a team to identify the best possible successor?
ĚPart 2: Examples of how different governments have responded to crises. Course reflection.
No preparation is needed ahead of this course. However, students may, if they choose, wish to view use YouTube videos of interviews with former cabinet ministers, officials and journalists to hear about how ministers have reacted to previous crises. They are also invited to contact the tutor for suggestions of particular clips they can watch or reading that they can do if interested.
Students will not need any equipment though may benefit from bringing a pen and paper with them.
Dr. Max Stafford is a university lecturer and former political adviser. He currently does research into the role, significance, and evolution of the Downing Street Chief-of-Staff and is writing a book on this topic. He has published on a range of themes related to political leadership, policy innovations and British Politics. He previously worked for former cabinet ministers.
All courses run for 5 days
WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul
WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul
WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul
WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug
9.15AM to 12.15PM
1.45PM to 4.30PM
All Day Courses
9.15AM to 4.30PM