U.S. National Security: Mock Council

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." With this quip, Benjamin Franklin stoked a debate over American politics that continues to this day: when trying to protect the country, how should we balance concerns over security and liberty? In this camp, you will step into the shoes of policymakers as you attempt to answer this question and learn about the fascinating realm of American national security. Throughout the week, you will learn about the people who influence security policy, and you will take a swing at crafting security policy yourself through simulations, role-playing, and debate. The course will culminate with a major simulation in which you will work together to solve a security crisis. Whether you hope to win dinnertime debates, to understand recent news reports about the NSA, or to become president, this camp will help you to make sense of American national security.

Ages: 13-17

Course Number:

87010

Course Date:
Monday, June 6, 2016 to Friday, June 10, 2016
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
8:30am-3:30pm
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Address:
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
US
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.

Cost:

Day Camp - $350

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $800

Prerequisites:
Students should have a strong interest in government and current events, and a willingness to participate in debate and role-playing simulations. No prior knowledge of national security policy is required for this camp.

Instructor: 

Steven Walter is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at UGA. His main areas of study include human rights, terrorism, and civil conflict, though he is also very interested in politics and history. Steven is passionate about working with students and encouraging them to become informed global citizens. Being knowledgeable about the national security policy of the most powerful country on the planet is a vital part of that process, and he cannot wait to help facilitate the journey. This is his first year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.