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Students from Psychology, International Office, Law and Economics join forces in the 3rd edition of Joint Decision

PhotoManuelCastells/Pupils during the activity Joint Decision

31 | 03 | 2021

Five hours to organise and coordinate in teams, learn to lead, manage a high volume of information and make decisions. This is what the 57 students who took part on 6 March in the 3rd edition of the Joint Decision exercise , an inter-faculty activity, which uses the integrated-learning methodology, and which forms part of the subject Group Psychology, taught by Luis Ángel Díaz, lecturer at the School of Education and Psychology.

The students, from Degrees in Psychology, International Office, International Office and Law, Journalism and the Leadership and Governance Programme, from School of Economics, met at the beginning of the activity, to attend for a brief theoretical session on the 4T methodology, core topic to identify priorities (Tasks), objectives (Targets); threats (Threats); and the tactics to carry out the mission statement (Tactics). This session was given by Air Force pilots who collaborate with this internship.

The students then proceeded to collect their badges, which divided the students by colour according to the group to which they belonged: Wing 18, Psyops, Agressors, Observers, Press and Legal Advisor. Once each group was placed in their corresponding classroom on Amigos Building, the students discovered exactly what their role was in this dynamic and their main goal for the next few hours.

Thus, the largest group , Wing 18, led by its Mission Commander, José Antonio Latorre, student in the second year of International Office and Law, proceeded to organise the mission statement that had been entrusted to it: to rescue some UN observers who - according to the fictitious geopolitical context devised for the activity - had been kidnapped. The student, he had to be able to lead, coordinate, listen to the group and delegate to people in his team the different needs to carry out his goal.

One of the key points of the activity is the management of the information. The students had to pay attention to the information transmitted by Lara Albillos, a 3rd year Journalism student, who played the role of a press correspondent, as well as the products generated by the Psyops and Agressors groups. The latter groups, mainly made up of 3rd year Psychology students, had the aim of goal to carry out positive and negative influence campaigns that would have a direct impact on the decision-making process at group Wing 18.

Luis Ángel Díaz, professor at the University of Navarra, explains that "the goal of this activity is that student develops useful skills that can be used in any profession". The skills that the student learns are: leadership, productivity, decision-making, cohesion and group influence".