Unit 2 Summative Assessment

Places Cause Change In The World - Heidi Helf


When people move and migrate, they encounter both conflict and cooperation all while changing aspects of their culture.

There are many different things that can all tie into this claim. These include examples from my personal life, real life examples in general, and examples from the experience of playing the game Bullets & Ballots.

  • Personal Life Examples:

-Within the social group of my family, conflict can occur with my parents when I don't find the standards for my grades fair.

- My soccer team cooperates and works together to create plays, communicate, score goals, and win games. If we lose, we come together to communicate on what to practice and how to improve as a team for next time.

-My friend that is new to the area has began to change very quickly just from being exposed to new people and things.

  • Real Life (Historical and International) Examples:

-The social group of the colonists decided to migrate from Great Britain because they didn't like the way the social group of the British government treated them. This lead to conflict between the groups into war.

-When people travel constantly for business, they change from seeing and interacting with all different kinds of people in the industry and their different approaches.

- Conflict occurs between people who are different, so the social groups of white people and black people in the Civil Rights Movement encountered extreme conflict.

The Game: Bullets and Ballots

"Bullets and Ballots" is a simulation game based off the real situation that took place of a Civil War in Guatemala between the government and rebel groups. There were five main social groups: The US government, the Guatemalan government, the peasants, the guerillas, and the army &wealthy.

  • My social group
I was a member of the social group that was the Guatemalan government. The main role of the Guatemalan government was to seek out solutions between the guerrilas and peasants to possibly create peace and end the war. Another role/goal was to negotitate with the higher groups of the US government and the army & wealthy to create opportunites for both peace, cooperation, and success. My specific role in this social group was to migrate to other groups to communicate, create and sign treaties, and contribute in the creation of strategies within my government.

  • My particular experience
While playing this game, the experiences I had helped me grasp a further understanding of how conflict and cooperation really do occur when people migrate and communicate. I found myself getting into the game and having fun in listening to different points of views and figuring out both strategies and opening statements with my group.

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Conflict and Cooperation: How So?

As stated in my claim, when people migrate, cooperation and conflict occur. There was lots of migration in this game, which lead to various circumstances of cooperation and conflict between social groups.

  • Examples/ Evidence of Cooperation:
- Groups cooperated in hearing each other's points of views, and came together to work out treaties, both public and private.

-An example of collaboration between social groups in the formation of treaties is when my social group, the Guatemalan government, worked with the army & wealthy to create a fair deal to get our kidnapped member back in exchange for giving them votes and MSU's.

  • Examples/Evidence of Conflict:
- Aggravation occurred in the guerilla group when my social group refused to sign a peace treaty with them out of thinking they had a secret plan to stab us in the back. This lead to them keeping this fact in their head, ready for further conflict.

- Tension between the guerillas and the army& wealthy to the point where the guerillas decided to launch an offensive attack on the army&wealthy.

-There were arguments between my group and the army & wealthy in trying to figure out a fair deal to get back our member that had been kidnapped before cooperation could ever occur.

Connections Between the Game With Claim and Real-World

The claim I have formed for the unit, "When people move and migrate, they encounter both conflict and cooperation all while changing aspects of their culture," is easily able to be tied into the simulation game played. This comes from the game being full of migration, conflict and cooperation, and apparent changes in viewpoints and cultural mosaics.

  • Examples From Bullets & Ballots That Tie Into Claim:
-Before migration occurred, each social group had only been exposed to their beliefs within themselves and had not heard beliefs of the outside world. When the game started and migration happened, pieces of each social groups' cultural mosaics began attaching to those of other groups, and it was extremely apparent to the eye that viewpoints began to change through people's words and actions.

-The peasants at first felt hopeless and that there was no one to help them, but by the end communication and cooperation occurred and other groups began to help them.

  • Examples from Bullets and Ballots That Tie Into Real-World:
-Just like how the social groups of Great Britain and the colonists did not agree and went to war due to wanting different things and ending the war years later with the cooperation of a treaty, the various social groups in the game all want something different; whether it be peace, money, captives, etc. It took conflict in both to reach the cooperation of treaties.

- A business person migrates, just like the people in the game social groups did. With every new location a business person goes to for work, like a conference, they encounter different people with different beliefs and have to find ways to work with them, just like the people of each social group had to do when talking with other groups in the game to find solutions.

- Back in the time of the Civil Rights Movement, the two main social groups of whites and blacks were deemed very different due to one main thing: skin color. On the other hand, the peasants and geurillas are seen as very different from the army&wealthy, because one side has money while the other does not, which creates a wall between them being able to understand each other, just like whites and blacks with their seperate treatments. This makes it easy for conflict to spill out in both of these cases.

Multiple Perspectives: How So In The Real World?

In the world, there are a broad range of multiple perspectives. A perspective is something crafted from the pieces of one's cultural mosaic. Those with similar cultural mosaics in their social groups can even share this perspective, but there are infinite different perspectives around the world on anything. This leads to misunderstanding, then conflict.

  • Multiple Perspectives Of The Social Groups In Real Life Examples
  • The conflict between the social groups of Great Britain and the colonists
- The Colonists: Their perspective is that they should be freed from Britain so they can set up a new land and expand upon their religion. They disagreed with their treatment by Britain and wished to leave and be independent for greater things.

- Great Britain: They felt that it was not right at all for the colonists to leave. They were their subjects, and that was final because Britain was their culture and most of their birthplace and they should remain defined as the British and follow government rules, like all subjects.

  • Business Around The World
- Business Corporations: They find it important to succeed and sell their products to their customers no matter what for the main reasons of profiting and triumph. They find their specific products to be amazing and want people they work with around the globe to understand why they are too.

- Customers: They want to investigate they thing they would like to buy or put profit in, but need information. They do not want to go in blind about the product and its seller so they may come off with opinionated points of views based on news from other people about the business.

  • The Civil Rights Movement
- Blacks: They thought it was not right that they were segregated. They thought their treatment was inhumane, because they saw themselves as humans that could do anything as well as anyone else. They also knew how it felt to be hurt, to be shamed, for just a simple thing as the color of their skin.

- Whites: They saw the segregation as being fine. They were getting the better part of the deal, growing up with the ideas planted in their head that they were already above someone black.

What Will My Social Group's Future Be like?

It has been stated that one year after the bullets &ballots game took place, Guatemala is still in shambles. This shows that Guatemala is obviously still not a stable country, which can be lead back to the unstability of my social group (The Guatemalan Government.) Based on these factors, information, and experiences from the game, I can hypothesize:

  • My social group's future will not be very bright for many years to come due to the poor condition of the country and the people in it. We will grow more and more in trouble with the rebel groups who will have joined together out of desperation, and we will lose power. The government will almost have no say in anything because our cries for peace and negotiation will get weaker and weaker from the further disorganization and failures coming down the road.

How Does This Unit Connect To My Life?

This unit connects to my life in various ways. Two large elements in the unit are the push and pull factors. "Push" means something negative, such as a problem, that causes someone to leave from that place where the problem occurs. "Pull" is the positive thing that lies in a new place and is the reason for one to go there. A large connection I have to this is within my large move from California to New Hampshire. My "push" factors were that is was very expensive to live there, was too crowded, and I was not doing too well socially. My "pull" factors of coming to New Hampshire were it being a tax-free state, having a better school, and a fresh new start. My cultural mosaic was very different before I migrated here. When I came here, aspects of my family and I changed. We began to wear warmer clothes, ski more, and know how to deal with the winter. As I began to interact with others, I blossomed socially through the cooperation and even conflict I had with them. Having similar interests as friends makes it easier to cooperate in things such as school or sports, but when conflict occurs I become a tougher person.

My Social Groups: How Power Shifts, And A Hypothesis For The Future

Every person has their particular social groups. These are other people they tend to hang out with in certain situations due to having similar interests. My social groups are:

  • Family
  • Club Soccer team
  • School Friends
  • Close Friends
  • School sports teams
  • Religion (CCD)
  • Classes
It is quite easy and common for power to shift in social groups. These shifts can be negative and positive. Examples of power shifts in my social groups are:

  • When a player on my team gets chosen as team captain
  • When my parents give me responsibility over my brother
  • When my friends get in a fight and people take sides, and one side is more supported than the other
  • When someone is chosen to be the leader of a group project
What Future Conflicts Will There Be In My Social Groups?

As being able to interact and see what goes on in my social groups nearly every day, I can make a clear hypothesis about what future conflicts there will be in my social groups. I hypothesize that conflict will become more common overall in all of my groups due to everyone growing older and accquiring new beliefs. Future conflict in my family will be between my parent and myself in disagreement of more mature subjects such as the plan for paying for my car, my curfew, and what colleges I should apply to.Interests will also split in my friend groups, and some friends will waver to darker paths such as alcohol or other bad choices and try to make us do those things with them, which will create conflict that will illustrate morals and beliefs at the end of the day. With even closer dates in the future, conflict will occur among my soccer team when someone will make a mistake in a game and someone will be mean to them about it, resulting in a fight. It is even possible to see conflict next year between other CCD students in deciding they do not want to be confirmed into the church. Conflict will be something real and difficult in my life, no matter my age.