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The purpose of this school is manifold. While it exists to help groups of people learn about strategy through study and interaction, it also exists to generate its own learning materials. In order to do this, it is necessary each author/editor/researcher/student has a common vocabulary and a strong body of knowledge about the subject matter. Learning is, in turn, reinforced through teaching and assisting others in their learning process. This cycle of study, reasearch, debate, and instruction is not only self-perpetuating but a highly effective pedagogical model. By learning, you will assist the learning of others and ameliorate the state of this school's pedagogical materials. Students are highly encouraged to discuss, develop, and finally publish new course content and syllabi online. They are also encouraged, inside and outside of classes, to contribute to content development on the various interconnected Wikimedia projects.
Every Course has (or will have) a Wikibook Textbook, along with other texts. This text is for the development of those people who have gone through the Course, performed the Projects therein, and grasped the basic understanding that Course was meant to confer. Since students who newly master a topic are most eager to share their knowledge, it should be right at the end of a Course where students contribute to the School's ongoing projects. Students who have fully grasped and understood a concept tend not to be as excited as those who have newly learned it, and those who have not yet learned are unprepared for the task. This tapping of student enthusiasm thus takes place in the final assignment at the end of each class.
Potential students can look forward to a comprehensive free education in Strategic Studies. The Wikiversity School of Strategic Studies has participants dedicated to promoting critical thought and scholarship in the study of strategy.
A school is a large organizational structure which can contain various departments and divisions. The departments and divisions should be listed in the departments and divisions section. The school should not contain any learning resources. The school can contain projects for developing learning resources.
Current Learning Projects
The development of large scale projects for group learning and future pedagogical use is one of the goals of this school. Some of the ongoing learning projects are:
- The Universal Tactical Simulation: This project aims to develop a workable set of basic rules, that can be applied to any era of history or configuration of forces, for simulation of combat at a tactical (battlefield) level. The rules will, hopefully, be playable by students and have some degree of pedagogical utility. The project takes the human as the basic unit of analysis and attempts, as best as possible, to measure and predict a human's response to the difficulties experienced in combat. This may be accomplished by the use and analysis of smaller games specifically designed to fight single battles in history.
- Universal Operational Simulation: Drawing from the experience of the Tactical Simulation, this project aims to make a hex-based operational simulation for the purposes of instruction. Like the Tactical Simulation, it will be useful to develop individual games with specific wars and/or eras as their subject, and then extrapolate common themes into a universal "base" of rules from which any other era or war may be extracted.
- Strategic Simulations: This project attempts to create a set of workable rules for strategic level simulations. These games should be useful to higher-level students as a pedagogical tool and should be playable by large numbers of players. Each simulation is built to illustrate a certain angle of the study of strategy. When enough data and content is gathered, we may attempt to combine the individual simulations into a grand unified simulation of strategic level decision making.
- The School of Strategic Studies was founded within the Wikiversity's Department of Social Sciences on 7 October, 2006.
- The school got its own Userbox on 16 October, 2006.
- The School:Military Studies was imported from wikibooks. It is not yet finished. Do you want to expand this ? from 12th September 2007
"War is of vital importance to the state, the province of life and death, the road to survival or ruin. Its study cannot be neglected."
Sunzi, The Art of War
Chinese general and strategist (544-496 BCE)
Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Studies
The intent of this School is to offer a program, not unlike a degree program, in Strategic Studies. Given this objective, a series of courses are listed below so that students will be able to fulfill their goal of undertaking a comprehensive and university-style Undergraduate degree program. The program is structured over a hypothetical four-year period, in which a student takes ten classes per year. The core classes must be completed and should be augmented by selections from the electives. Strategic Studies is a multidisciplinary study. It is therefore encouraged that students select courses from other Schools that have application in light of the direction they wish to take their studies. Students taking a Historical focus should feel free to round out their general understanding of history by taking nonmilitary history courses that perhaps have a relation to the student's geographic areas of interest from School: History
. Students wishing to emphasize Political Science in their studies are encouraged to take general courses from School: Political Science
. Students may notice that Strategic Studies has a strong overlap with Peace Studies
, and Courses from that Department may make up part of a student's Course load.
Guidelines: for definitions of Courses, Classes, and Projects, please see the Templates page. Students should complete ten Courses per "year." All Core Courses must be completed. The student may round out their Course load with appropriate Electives. Appropriate would imply that they come from the "year" in which the student is studying at that time. While there is nothing to stop you from taking courses in any order you wish, it is recommended that courses be taken in some semblance of order. Upon completion of the full degree program... pat yourself on the back. Education is its own reward.
Associated Wikimedia for Strategy and War