Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Survivor Island Scenario

You and 4 members of your group have survived a plane crash.  You are on a remote island in the Caribbean.

You have the following items:
70 bottles of water (500ml each)
first aid kit
2 blankets
box of matches
5 chocolate bars
24 bags of snack size peanuts
2 plates, 3 cups, 1 pot, 4 knives, 2 forks

Tour Task
The rescue could take several weeks.  You must survive

1. Decide upon rules that will ensure your survival and increase your chance of rescue.

2. Draft a Code of Rules that will be used to govern your "society"

Things to consider:

Who will be in charge?  How will leaders be chosen?  Will you have a leader?

How will you ensure that members follow the rules?

How will rules be enforced?

Who will enforce the punishments?

Will your rules follow "laws" known to you?  What will be the implcations if you don't follow "laws" once you are rescued?

Refection Questions:

What was the most difficult part of this exercise?

How does this relate to the concepts of the Rule of Law?

What was your biggest learning moment


  1. Question 1) imagining just how hard it actually would be to be stranded on a deserted island.
    Question 2) we had to keep everything equal for all members of the group and make sure it was fair.
    Question 3) trying to make it fair but realizing everyone's has exceptions and not everything works for everyone so maybe, compromising.

    - breann

  2. 1) Trying to compromise how we would share the items that didn't have enough for each of us (such as the forks and cups)
    2) Every law needed to be able to apply to everyone equally, no matter their gender/race/age
    3) Realizing how hard it was to make laws, because even though we each had different circumstances, the laws we made needed to be applied to each member of our group


  3. 1) Trying to organize laws that would suit eachothers needs as well as finding a leader.
    2) All of the laws that was made had to focus on equality and power distribution.
    3) Realizing how hard it can be to find a leader, whoever was the leader seemed as if he or she had more power over the others so in the end we ended up not choosing who the leader. This gave everyone the feeling of having the same amount of power.

  4. 1) dividing privileges and deciding what sacrifices had to be made in order to sustain ourselves
    2) the laws we created had to apply equally to everyone in the group, as well as not going overboard with control/arbitrary power
    3) that the process of outlining a law system to govern ourselves may not be a straightforward as it would appear. there are the obvious laws to create such as everyone contributing their fair share to survival. but then there are the more complex laws like what we would do in the event of an emergency/injury. the process we would follow to fix whatever the problem was was difficult to construct as duties we would already have to do would have to be abandoned, thus threatening our survival.

  5. 1) figuring out how much food we each get/dividing it fairly and deciding what utensils we would use to eat as well as work with
    2) by making each person has a fair job, which relates to equality. also, if a person does not do their fair share of the job there is equal consequences. we also agreed that we would vote on something by a majority, so nobody can take away the right to vote.
    3) realizing how important equality is in this situation. examples such as dividing jobs, food, and privileges fairly and equally show this.

    -nicole haughian

  6. Refection Questions:

    What was the most difficult part of this exercise?
    -Figuring out what kind of rules are necessary to survive on the island while not overpowering with rules limiting our ability to work as a team and survive. Each person must have an equal responsibility, which is not easy to come to terms with.

    How does this relate to the concepts of the Rule of Law?
    -Knowing what rules are necessary are similar to recognizing that laws are necessary in the world. Also, everyone is subject to the law, likewise, giving everyone an equal responsibility. No matter who you are on the island, you are subject to the law, and are given consequences if disobeyed.

    What was your biggest learning moment
    -Making laws are not as easy as they seem. To make a law, one must consider all the variables involved with it, such as for the good of the majority, or consequences for disobeying the law.

  7. 1)The most difficult part of this exercise was how to dived the roles between the group. Some people have strength and weakness and how limited supplies we have. Another part was making the laws for the island.

    2This is relate because everyone is equal and how laws are necessary when stranded on the island Also there is no arbitrary which makes the laws fair on the island which cannot be changed without consulting with other members on the island.

    3)I learn that laws aren't the same in the same places, such as different countries have different laws with another. That laws make everyone equal and no one is omitted from them.

    -darren ragasa.

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  9. What was the most difficult part of this exercise?
    The most difficult part of this exercise was coming up with rules that apply to the concepts of the Rule of Law. It was difficult to differentiate laws from responsibilities and duties.

    How does this relate to the concepts of the Rule of Law?
    While writing the rules, we had to keep in mind the concepts of the Rule of Law. The group had to come up with rules that applied to everyone equally, rules that everyone thought was necessary to keep order, and rules that could not be changed without proper proposal or agreement.

    What was your biggest learning moment?
    Based on our arguments and discussions that we had in my own group, as well as others, I learn that trying to survive on an island could very easily turn into Lord of the Flies. It is not hard to disobey laws and rules, deteriorate order and create an uncivilized society. Even with laws in place, someone is always bound to disagree or be uncooperative.

    ps. it took me half an hour to post this!! :(

  10. 1) The most difficult part of this exercise was making rules up and dividing up directions/duties for the group.

    2) It relates to the concept of the Rule of law because you had to make rules that can be used to everyone equally and making a fair job for everyone.

    3) The biggest learning moment was knowing that not everything we come up with, everyone will agree on. To me it shows me that making laws arent that easy.

  11. The most difficult part of this exercise is figuring out what to share and which item is more important to intake. Also figuring out what rules to make to apply to everyone equally.
    This relates to the element of rules and law because we need to come up with ideas that Is fair for each and everyone and that can apply to everyone with justice.
    My biggest learning moment was when to try to come up with law that everyone will be okay with.

  12. 1) deciding who had to do what job, and dividing privileges. Also, when to give out the good food (chocolate, peanuts etc...) and what they would have to do to earn that privilege.

    2)We had to make sure everyone had an equal job and part to play in being able to survive (building shelter, collecting food etc...). Also, that even though we had someone who didn't have exactly the same needs as us, we made sure that food and water were distributed equally. We didn't elect a leader, but rather set up a democracy-inspired way of deciding.

    3)Just the general process. Trying to figure out when to eat what, and what consequences there would be if somebody did not do their chore, without being cruel or punishing them in a harsh way.

  13. What was the most difficult part of this exercise?
    1.Figuring out who the leader was and diving work load throughout the group

    How does this relate to the concepts of the Rule of Law?
    2.It relates to the concepts of the rule of law that everyone had different jobs within the group but was treated fairly. It was difficult to decide who should be a leader because we wanted a democracy within the group, but it would be hard to coordinate everyone if everyone had a different view on one decision that would affect the group.

    What was your biggest learning moment
    3.My biggest learning moment was how to bring a basic system of government in a radical scenario. -Paul

  14. 1) I found that the most difficult part was trying to work with my group when they all proposed killing me off in the first couple of days because, as a diabetic without any insulin/sugar pills/blood testers, I would die soon anyway. And I'd just waste their limited food..HAHAH thanks a lot, guys.
    2) The three concepts of Rule of Law are: a) rules are necessary, b) they apply to everyone and c) no one has arbitrary power. For this exercise, we a) created laws in the first place to prevent chaos and anarchy, b) decided that the laws applied to each group member equally, regardless of age, position on the island etc. and c) our group created a sort of democracy - no "bill" could be turned into a law unless three out of four people voted "yes", at our daily meetings. Also, no one was assigned "leader" to avoid the abuse of power.
    3)I had a big learning moment when I realized that if this were a real situation, the Rule of Law would be incredibly vital in order for all four of us to survive (and not turn into complete savages).

  15. 1. The most difficult part was getting organized and planning out our moves in order to successfully form a working society and using those rules and plans to survive.
    2. This relates to the rule of law because all our decisions were made as an equal vote without a leader, in order to make sure everyones voice is heard, recognized and taken into account when deciding. Also, our responsibilities were all equally divided and organized at specific intervals according to the persons capabilities.
    3. The biggest learning moment was to think of all our rules and realizing how much there is to plan out and decide that we take for granted in our everyday lives.

  16. 1) The hardest part of the challenge was making up the rules. Our group was assuming all the possible things that could happen in the island which made it hard for us to decide on the rules and punishments. Another difficult part for us was establishing the roles of our group members and how we could treat everyone fairly without anyone getting to use more supplies than the other.

    2) It relates to the rule of law in the sense that we neede laws no matter what for us to survive on that island while waiting for rescue. The laws we needed to enforce had to be applicable to everyone and no one got special privileges in order to be fair and that were would be no conflict between our group members.

    3) Something that really opened my eyes during this activity was the difficultness on law making. I observed as a member in the group how people reacted when special previleges were brought up and how we all had different ways of handling situations.

    Roby Panghulan

  17. 1) The most difficult part of this exercise was organizing and making up the rules. You want to make the rules as fair as possible, but there's always going to be consequences if someone decides not follow them. Also, figuring out how to get food, water, and shelter in order to survive was hard too. We had to make sure that we split the food equally between the four of us and the jobs each one of us has to do to help out with our survival.
    2) This relates to the Rule of Law because we know that there has to be rules for us to survive and make everything as civil as possible. The rules are applied to everyone, including the leader and we all must obey them.
    3) My biggest learning moment was that making laws aren't that easy. It takes time and effort to actually make them. You need to think if it's fair to everyone and the consequences for the people who don't obey them.
    - Krysta :)