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Thomas Hobbes State of Nature Game: Why Government?

Thomas Hobbes State of Nature Game: Why Government?
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Follow this link Prezi: Hobbes State of Nature Game adopted from the iCivics Why Government Unit:

Time: 60-minute Period

Materials: Why Government from iCivics and the linked Prezi

Ballots: Each student needs 6 ballots (scrap paper)

Instructions: Follow the Prezi

Students are challenged to distribute "extra credit" points - the catch is whether they received the points depends on how they personally choose to distribute the points. Students must, by secret ballot, choose either: 1 point for everyone, or 3 points for themselves.

  • If no more than three students choose 3 points for themselves, those three students get the 3 point extra credits and everyone else get nothing;
  • If three or less students choose 3 points for themselves, then everyone gets 1 point.
  • If MORE than three students choose 3 point for themselves - nobody gets any points.

The rules change every 2 rounds (6 total rounds) - students have a love-hate relationships with this game and bates the question of why communication and a governing body can be beneficial.

This is similar to game theory or the prisoners dilemma in theory.

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23 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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