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Students will create web-based simulation of political purges in the Soviet Union in the 1930s (commonly known in Soviet history as the Great Terror or the Great Purge) that can be used in an educational setting.  Students will then run this simulation several times to examine how games can enhance understanding of the scope and scale of the Great Terror and the role of contingency in history.


Formalized in and evolving since 1989, the Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) Program serves as a model learning environment that provides a framework for students to conduct original investigations on compelling questions of interest, collaborate with other students and on-campus or off-campus professionals such as educators, researchers and scholars, and to share their investigation results through public presentation and publication.