Document Type


Publication Date

March 2014

Publication Title

Pacific Sociological Association 85th Annual Meeting


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Sociology | Inequality and Stratification


Karl Marx is one of the most significant and widely known sociologists. Although he is largely credited for his macro perspectives, he made important contributions by detailing the micro experiences of the worker in a capitalist system. This piece details a hands-on learning activity that allows students to experience both alienation and non-alienation in the classroom. By offering an experiential activity to pair with readings on the topic, students will be better able to grasp this fundamental, yet often difficult to understand, core concept of Marxist theory.