Sociology (Global Citizens Assignment)

Global Citizens Assignment: Playspent.org: Social Institutions, Social Structures, and SocialStratification. This assignment is designed to help students become familiar with aspects of socioeconomicinequality and the role social institutions and social structures play in perpetuating these inequalities. Itaddresses learning goals of critical thinking, inquiry-based learning, human and cultural diversity, andethical perspectives. 

Step 1: Think critically about the readings, notes, and class discussions about stratification and structuresof inequality.

 Step 2: Explore the website www.playspent.org, an interactive web-based platform that simulates theexperiences of individuals trying to live paycheck-to-paycheck. It is recommended that you go throughthe simulation at LEAST twice to get the full experience. 

Step 3: Reflect on the experience. Be sure to not only discuss the outcome of your game but also includethe 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 perpetuatingsocioeconomic stratification. 

Step 4: Reflect on your experience based on your understanding of relative poverty vs absolute poverty.In your paper, define both terms and discuss which of them applies to the simulation (either or both, yourchoice). Explain your choice using specifics from the simulation. 

Step 5: Write a paper summarizing your findings. Minimum length is 3 FULL double-spaced pages withnormal font (Times New Roman, 12 pt.) and margins (1). Submit online as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf fileONLY. Do NOT use the text entry option. Attach your file, from your computer. Click on the title of theassignment to submit. Submissions will go through a plagiarism detection app (required). Do NOT emailyour paper to me. If you have technical difficulties, contact the information technology student desk forassistance. 

Grading Rubric (what I’m looking for):1. Follow all instructions (Minimum 3 full double-spaced pages (no max), normal 12 pt. font, normalmargins, submit file in one of the accepted formats as instructed above). 

2. The majority of the paper should be a detailed description of some of the questions you were asked in thesimulation, and the decisions you made, and why (choose whichever questions you found most interestingor thought-provoking). 

3. You should also include a paragraph defining absolute vs relative poverty and discussing which ofthese seems most relevant to the simulation (see chapter 10). Conclude by answering this question: Whatdid you learn from this simulation? Discuss. 

4. Your writing should be clear, coherent, and grammatically correct. Informal style (use of I and activevoice), is encouraged. You may include personal experiences, but the majority of the paper should addressthe requirements above. 

Citation: Most of the paper should be IN YOUR OWN WORDS. If you quote the questions asked of you or the information presented during the simulation, or if you quote from the powerpoint slides or the textbook, put quotation marks around those passages and identify the source you are quoting from. Failure to do this is considered plagiarism. No works cited list is necessary as long as you only draw from assignedclass materials. Examples of in-text citation: Blah blah (playspent.org) or Yada yada (Witt p. 56) or Dah dum (Chapter 10 powerpoint).