World Politics and History

SPARK@Ship competitors and participants in the World Politics and History discipline will be part of a simulated session of the United Nations. Competitors will present their ideas during a working session and collaborate with current Shippensburg students to create a proposed draft resolution by the end of the SPARK@Ship session. All students will join with faculty and students to discuss internship opportunities in Harrisburg and Washington, DC.

The competition and its many activities are open to all students interested in Political Science and International Relations. Space is limited to 40 total students, plus guests. Lunch will be provided. There is no fee to register.

Eligibility

To be eligible as a student competitor, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed AP United States Government and Politics or AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • Be a Junior or Senior high school student or home school equivalent
  • Complete the project individually (no group projects)
  • Submit one proposal by the deadline of October 7, 2022
  • Appear on campus to present on October 19, 2022

To be eligible as a student participant, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed AP United States Government and Politics or AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • Be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior high school student or home school equivalent

To attend the event, you must:

  • Be a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a registered student
  • Be a school counselor

Project Details

When competitors register, they will be assigned a specific country to research for the session. Assignments will be made no later than September 10, 2022.

Competitors must submit a two-page white paper by October 7, 2022 and come to campus to conduct an oral presentation on October 19, 2022, to be eligible for awards.

White papers must reflect the participant’s assigned country's stance on various issues and provide a summary of international and national precedents in the area.

Citations need to follow either APA or Chicago formatting.

Submission Process

  • Registration and submission forms now available. Check your email for submission information after registering.
  • Register by September 16 or as early as possible to learn your assigned country!
  • October 7, 2022: Deadline for all registrations and submissions.

Presentation

Competitors will have one minute to present their assigned state’s position.  This is an oral presentation without support of PowerPoint or other multimedia.  University faculty members and current students will attend these presentations. 

Following the presentations, competitors will work with each other and current university students in small groups to develop a proposal for approximately twenty minutes. 

At the conclusion of the twenty minutes, each working group will present their proposals.

Following the working group presentations, groups will reconvene for a final discussion.

Judging Criteria

Competitors will be scored on a scale of 100 based upon the below criteria.

White Paper 60 points total:

Two faculty members will independently judge the papers and their scores will be averaged.

  • Introduction
  • Importance of Topic to United Nations’ overall agenda
  • Knowledge of Assigned State’s Position on Topic
  • Understanding of National and International Precedents
  • Proposed Solution

Presentation 25 points total:

Judged by a panel of two faculty members and two students.

  • Presentation and oral defense

Working Group 15 points total:

Participation will be judged by two university students.

  • Active Participation in Working Group for Proposed Draft Resolution