The Social Justice Game is a free educational board game designed to help faculty gamify the economic dimensions of social justice for their students

The Social Justice Game

This educational (or ‘serious’) game helps players experience systemic inequity in an embodied way. Unlike Monopoly, which assumes a level socioeconomic playing field, The Social Justice Game more closely reflects actual inequities under the current American economy. It leverages players' prior experience playing Monopoly by forcing them to pit their own expectations of 'fairness' against the economic pressures they experience in the game.

Players quickly find that on the gamut of roles from Owner to Manager to Employee to Unemployed, it is increasingly difficult to avoid bankruptcy as the game progresses. However, this is both the fun of the game and precisely the point! By adjusting these and other rules to effect real-world economic disparities at the start of the game, The Social Justice Game aims to stimulate a frustration so comically absurd that gameplay evolves into a discussion among the players around systemic inequity, and helps players complicate the notion of economic success as a contest among equals.

Looking for The Landlord Game?

The Landlord Game is now The Social Justice Game™.  Same great game, slightly different name. For more information, read more about the history of the game.

Play the game or teach with it, here at Notre Dame. Not at Notre Dame? Download the game materials and modify them to suit your needs, wherever you are. If DIY is not your jam, you can always buy a copy from our approved vendor.

Play with Friends

anyone @ nd

Check out the game at the Hesburgh Library Circulation Desk and play with friends in any open Library space

Play with Students

faculty @ nd

Bring your class to play the game in our library classrooms, or request a play session in your own classroom

Make a Copy

anyone

Download and modify the game for yourself. All materials are released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Buy a Copy

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Buy a copy of the game for yourself or for your own school or institution through this approved vendor