AbstractThe discussion of inequality in the classroom is not always an easy task. While the reasons for this are variable, one dominant reason is because many of our students believe that if you work hard enough, you will succeed. Students are more likely to blame the individual for personal failures, while ignoring structural issues that inhibit success. Even...
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TIME (simulation conducted outside of class): Varies whether or not someone makes it through the month without going broke; however, the average time to complete the simulation is roughly 20-25 minutes.
ASSIGNMENT: Two to three page response paper answering questions about the simulation, while applying different...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will learn about the difficulties associated with low wage work and poverty.
- Students will understand the relationship between structure and agency.
- Students will understand the main theoretical paradigms explaining poverty.
- In their response paper and during class discussion, students will have to answer questions about their experiences during the simulation.
- In their response paper, students must address how one’s "choice" of low wage labor may be influenced by structural issues outside of their control.
- In their response paper, students must use different theories explaining the existence of poverty/inequality.