Teaching International Relations Program

Attention TIRP Volunteers

  • Before the team meets to design the Team Activity Plan (TAP) , you must visit the Activities Database to select a set of materials to bring to the team planning meeting.  Review the database to print out your recommendations for the 4-week lesson plan that address the assigned topic.
  • You have 4 class sessions to accomplish your teaching objectives. The goal is to combine one or more analytical tools with cases, activities, and a simulation.


  • Not every database item is “an activity”
    → Some items are analytical frames that outline basic terms and relationships. These frames are not usually meant to be student handouts. They are "instructor notes" to guide the main ideas of your lesson planning.
  • Not every activity is meant for one class session
    → Some activities are only for 20-30 minutes. An NPR case is not meant to take a whole class period. Cases should be matched with activities. Some cases include a built-in activity.

Start with the search tag!

  • A special tag for a topic will select a limited "core set" of materials to get you started.
  • You must read through the “core set” which provides notes and gives different directions you can take in teaching your four class sessions.
    For example, the topic “political economy” is wide open. The tagged core set of database items will give different analytical frames that each go in different directions with different cases.
  • The "purple notes" or guide notes in most materials will refer you to cases and activities that are either intended or recommended to use together.


  • When the team has its Advisement Meeting, the group is required to bring a "teaching copy" of each item listed on the Team Activity Plan (TAP). The teaching copy is a print-out of the materials with your notes about what might be cut or what will be emphasized. Your notes should include estimations in the margin of how long you plan to spend on that component of the lesson.


  • At your advisement meeting, a completed TAP form & teaching copies are required. If either is missing, the meeting must be rescheduled. (If it is too late to reschedule an “on-time” meeting, the team will be marked late for advisement.)