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 the FKL dimensions 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 (Links to an external site.), an interactive web-based game that simulates the experiences of individuals trying to live â€œpaycheck-to-paycheck.â€
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 in their role in perpetuating socioeconomic stratification.
Step 4: Reflect on your experience in light of your understanding of relative versus absolute poverty. Compare and contrast the ways in which local poverty differs from global poverty.
Step 5: Generate a report or creative presentation summarizing your findings.