606 TUTOR: Max Stafford (PhD)
On this course, you will form a Cabinet and be presented with a series of crisis scenarios. Sessions will be based around the idea of learning through doing, in this case, a simulation. Following an introduction to Cabinet government and emergency protocols at the beginning of the week, you will then work through a different crisis each day, including terrorist attacks, flooding and a major international incident. This is your chance to find out what it is like to be a minister and have to take those critical decisions. This course is guided by a tutor who previously worked as an advisor to former cabinet ministers.
Monday (2 parts):
- Part 1: Introduction to how the course will run and assigning of roles to be assumed during simulations
- Part 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):
- Part 1: The government has recently tried to pass legislation abolishing 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?
- Part 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.
Max is a doctoral researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University. Having previously worked for two former cabinet ministers and advised on a range of political campaigns since 2010, he now teaches subjects including British politics, political leadership and international urban developments. He gained his BA in Politics and Global Studies (First Class) in 2013 and his MA in Managing Contemporary Global Issues (Distinction) in 2015. He brings his professional and practical experience to bear in his teaching, seeking to make sessions engaging and informative. He welcomes all to his courses.
All courses run for 5 days
WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul
WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul
WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul
WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug
9.15AM to 12.15PM
1.45PM to 4.30PM
All Day Courses
9.15AM to 4.30PM