Communication and Culture | New Media (Topic: Games, Gamers, and Gaming Cultures)
C337 | 11399 | Budziszewski, P. Konrad


CMCL-C 337: New Media
(Topic: Games, Gamers, and Gaming Cultures)
Class Number: 11399
Summer Session II

MTuWThF, 10:30 AM-11:20 AM, SY 004
Required film screenings: M, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Enrollment is limited to 25 students



Instructor: P. Konrad Budziszewski, M.A.
E-Mail: pbudzisz@indiana.edu
Office: Ballantine Hall 437

In this course we will take a closer look at the cultural, social,
and political aspects of games and gaming. Using approaches derived
from sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies, we
will examine the multiple and complex relationships between
electronic games and the people who play them. Our overall aim will
be to develop a better understanding of how games influence us, both
on individual and collective levels. Towards this goal, we will
critically engage such topics as the blurring of boundaries
between ¡§the virtual¡¨ and ¡§the real;¡¨ the psychological impacts of
video game use and abuse; the ideological dimensions of games; fan
cultures and their creative reworking of game content; and the
intersections between video games and other media.

By the end of the semester the students should:

„« Have general knowledge of the history of electronic games;

„« Understand and be able to apply basic concepts of video game
theory;

„« Build a critical vocabulary for discussing games and gameplay;

„« Develop critical understanding of the variety of experiences video
games can offer, as well as awareness of the social and cultural
significance of these experiences;

„« Be able to relate the medium specificity of videogames to
important cultural issues such as gender, sexuality, race, ideology,
and commerce

„« Find a distinctive, thoughtful, and respectful voice in written
and oral discussions of course material.

Assignments will include short quizzes, weekly forum postings,
discussion facilitation, midterm and final examinations, and a
research paper.

Since most class meetings will be discussion-driven, a portion of
the final grade will reflect the degree to which students contribute
consistently, actively, and substantively.

For more information contact the instructor.