UNISCA is unique in its kind in that it not only offers participants the chance to take part in a thrilling Model United Nations, but supplements this with an amazing lecture week and an academic structure. UNISCA is officially recognized by the University of Amsterdam as an academic course.
As such, participants can earn 6ECTS credits by passing four elements:
(1) A position paper in which the participant clarify their stance on the topics relevant to their committee;
(2) An exam on articles belonging to the participants' committees topics literature as well as literature;
(3) A speech in the participants committee in which is clarified what their stance is on the topics discussed;
(4) A participation grade of the overal conference.
The course literature is carefully selected to support the participants' involvement in the lecture week and the conference week. In the week preceding the start of the first week, participants will write their position paper on the literature relevant to their committee. By doing so, the participant will be able to start the lecture week prepared. The first week follows where the participants will be receiving plenty of fascinating lectures everyday. Our speakers list is comprised from professionals working on positions that are highly relevant to our participants, ranging from speakers from NGO's to UN officials. These lectures while bring the articles to life in a way that regular courses often do not. At the end of the first week participants will write their exam, in which they apply all their gathered knowledge. As such, they will enter the second week where the actual conference will take place prepared.
At the start of the second week, students will take on their role of either delegate, lawyer or journalist and start giving a concise presentation on the stance of their newspaper, country or judicial position on the topics or case discussed. This is a vital element, since it allows the participant to communicate their unique stance as a delegate, lawyer or a journalist on each subject to their peers. The conference will then have officially started, and participants can then contribute to their final academic mark which is based on their involvement in both lecture week and conference week.