The literature on active learning is vast and, while a great deal of this work is readily adaptable for teaching political theory, there isn’t much explicitly oriented to the subfield. The articles listed here are useful exceptions.
I’ll add to this bibliography as I discover new resources. In the meantime, please let me know if there’s something you think I should include.
Ahmadov, Anar. “When Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Using Mock Trials in Teaching Political Thought.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44, no. 3 (2011): 625–28.
Bromley, Pam. “Active Learning Strategies for Diverse Learning Styles: Simulations Are Only One Method.” PS: Political Science & Politics 46, no. 04 (2013): 818–22.
Gorton, William, and Jonathan Havercroft. “Using Historical Simulations to Teach Political Theory.” Journal of Political Science Education 8, no. 1 (2012): 50–68.
Murphy, Michael P. A. “Using Active-Learning Pedagogy to Develop Essay-Writing Skills in Introductory Political Theory Tutorials.” Journal of Political Science Education 13, no. 3 (2017): 346–54.
Perry, Tomer J., and Christopher Robichaud. “Teaching Ethics Using Simulations: Active Learning Exercises in Political Theory.” Journal of Political Science Education (2019), 1–18.
Schaap, Andrew. “Learning Political Theory by Role Playing.” Politics 25, no. 1 (2005): 46–52.