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World Sim

January 20th, 2009 by Dave · No Comments

I just read a great article on a very interesting activity that a college anthropology professor does with a few hundred students in a lecture class.

He breaks them into groups of about 20, and assigns each group a culture. They spend a few weeks preparing, and the class culminates in the World Sim activity — the students roleplay human history from the years 1450-2100. They take on the roles of colonizers, genocide victims, and industrialists. Overpowered cultures are forced to sell off their resources and destroy cultural artifacts. Superpowers rise and fall. And students gain insight into their cultural history.

Professor Michael Wesch’s website has videos of the activity, materials, and also some information on his philosophy of anti-teaching.

Fortunately, I don’t have classes of 400, but I really love this project and would love to do something similar in a global issues class.

Tags: cultural issues · environmental justice · environmental racism · food and hunger · global issues activities · politics · poverty & wealth · teaching with games

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