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Introduction to Games Studies
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal arts & sciences (including the Writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%).
Games studies views games as complex objects, mapping the game "object", the player "subject" and the critical dialogue that delimits game space. This course explores games as cultural artifacts, arising from diverse cultural histories, landscapes and geographies, impacting and impacted by sub-cultures. Students will learn to analyse the mechanics, aesthetics and practices of games via varied analytical approaches addressing their textual, performative, socio-cultural, design and political contexts. As well, the course introduces students to tools and techniques to analyze the cultural impact of the videogame.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken VISC 3B92 & VISC 2B93: Special Topic in Visual Culture: An Introduction to Games Studies may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated May 2, 2012 - 4:11 PM