Global Citizens Assignment

Global Citizens 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 to see if you can make it
through the month with any money left over.
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
.
Step 5: Generate a report summarizing your findings. Minimum length is 3 double-spaced pages
with normal font (Times New Roman, 12 pt.) and margins (1”).
Submit online as a .doc, .docx,
or .pdf file ONLY
. Do NOT use the text entry option. Attach your file, from your computer.
Click on the title of the assignment 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).
Approx ~1200 words.
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 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. Informal style (use of “I”
and active voice), is encouraged.
NOTE: Paper should be IN YOUR OWN WORDS. If you quote from any source, including the
website or our textbook, be sure and indicate that with quotation marks and proper citation.
Your submission may be processed through a plagiarism checker software. If you have any
questions about what counts as plagiarism, please let me know.

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