Return to the Isle of Ted: Simulating the Collective Action Problem of Climate Change

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This article modifies the classic "Isle of Ted" simulation to teach students about the collective action problems associated with climate change. Modifications include the introduction of a common-pool resource (i.e., fish) and increased pirate attacks to model rising climate threats and unequal distribution of risk. A return to the Isle of Ted enables a deeper engagement with specific collective action problems of climate change, including the tragedy of the commons and issues of global inequality. This article provides a road map for the incorporation of this modified simulation into active-learning classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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