Assignment: Playspent.org: Social Institutions, Social Structures, and Social Stratification. This assignment is designed to help students become familiar with aspects of socioeconomic inequality and the role social institutions and social structures play in perpetuating these inequalities. It addresses learning goals of critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, human and cultural diversity, and ethical perspectives.
Step 1: Think critically about the readings, notes, and class discussions about stratification and structures of inequality.
Step 2: Explore the website www.playspent.org, an interactive web-based platform that simulates the experiences of individuals trying to live “paycheck-to-paycheck.” It is recommended that you go through the simulation at LEAST twice.
Step 3: Reflect on the experience. Be sure to not only discuss the outcome of your game but also include the scenarios presented to you as well as the decisions that you made as you navigated the simulation. Here, it is crucial to include discussions of social institutions and social structures and their role in perpetuating socioeconomic stratification.
Step 4: Reflect on your experience in light of your understanding of relative vs absolute poverty. Compare and contrast the ways in whichlocal poverty differs from global poverty.
Step 5: Generate a report summarizing your findings. Minimum length is 3 double-spaced pages with normal font and margins. Submit online as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Do NOT use the text entry option. Attach your file, from your computer. Click on the title of the assignment above to submit.
Grading Rubric (what I’m looking for):
1. Follow all instructions (Minimum 3 FULL double-spaced pages (no max), normal 12 pt. font, normal margins, submit file as instructed above).
2. The majority of the paper should be a detailed description of the questions you were asked in the simulation, and the decisions you made, and why.
3. You should also include a few paragraphs defining absolute vs relative poverty and local vs global poverty, and discussing which of these seems most relevant to the simulation. What did you learn from this simulation? Describe.
4. Your writing should be clear, coherent, and grammatically correct.
NOTE: Your submission will be processed through SafeAssign, which is software that checks for plagiarism. If you have any questions about what counts as plagiarism, please let me know.