Bridging is an Assignment where you explain how the Political Actor you are representing thinks abstractly,

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SIM – Bridging is an Assignment where you explain how the Political Actor you are representing thinks abstractly, strategically, and tactically. Additionally, you are asked to explain the connection between the status quo and network by answering three questions.

Political Actors in the Real World

Abstraction, Strategy, and Tactics

Political Actors in the real world think abstractly, strategically, and tactically.

Thinking (Links to an external site.) means employ one’s mind rationally and objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation.

While abstractly (Links to an external site.) means something that concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things; essence.

Strategy (Links to an external site.) means a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result. So, thinking strategically means employing one’s mind rationally and objectively towards a plan, method, or series of stratagems for obtaining a specific result.

Lastly, tactics (Links to an external site.) means any mode of procedure (i.e. the plan, method, or series of stratagems) for gaining advantage or success.

Instructions

Step 1: Respond to 3 Questions about what your Political Actor Thinks Abstractly, Strategically, and Tactically About and Why

I’d like for you to consider how your Political Actor you chose to represent thinks abstractly, strategically, and tactically. Please answer the following three questions:

  1. What does your Political Actor think abstractly about and why?
  2. What does you Political Actor think strategically about and why?
  3. What does your Political Actor think tactically about and why?

Step 2: Respond to 3 Questions about Bridging the Status Quo and Network

Remember that the status quo is defined as the “current state of affairs”. And we can have the status quo on 1-dimension, 2-dimensions, or 3-dimensions, as depicted in the following three images:

1 Dimension policy space is represented by a single line on a single axis.

2 Dimension policy space is represented by a plane, that contains a horizontal axis and a vertical axis. This image depicts two dimensions by showing a diagonal line that goes from coordinate 1,-3 in the lower-left to coordinate 7,3 in the upper-right.

3 Dimensions

Furthermore, recall how a network can be organized and relationships between political actors can be denoted either as positive, neutral, or negative.

Your Network

A economic network graph with Caterpillar Bulldozers at the center. Caterpillar has 4 connections. They connect with Steel Maker, Engine Maker, Tire Maker, and Drive System Maker.

In the context of the simulation, I have three questions I’d like you to respond to:

  1. Why is it important to keep the concept of the status quo and the concept of the network distinct?
  2. Why is it important to bridge the concept of the status quo and the concept of the network together?
  3. How can you bridge the status quo and network together?

Rubric

Criteria

Ratings

Points

Think Abstractly What

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Think Abstractly Why

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Think Strategically What

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Think Strategically Why

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Think Tactically What

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Think Tactically Why

Yes

Missing

7.5

0

Step 1 Quality: Subjective evaluation by Professor

01 – Superb

02 – Excellent

03 – Great

04 – Good

05 – Insufficient

0

Why Keep SQ and Network Distinct

Included

Missing

15

0

Why Bridge SQ and Network

Included

Missing

15

0

How Bridge SQ and Network

Included

Missing

25

0

Step 2 Quality: Subjective evaluation by Professor

01 – Superb

02 – Excellent

03 – Great

04 – Good

05 – Insufficient

0