ENG586 201403 Graduate

Term: 
Spring 2015
Course: 
ENG 586
Applies To: 
Graduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Serious Play: Games as Theory and Culture
Instructors: 

Tara Fickle

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  • Title: Assistant Professor, English Department
  • Phone: 541-346-3979
  • Office: 372 PLC
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2020-21; checking email sporadically.
  • Website: Website
Department Section Description: 

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of games as cultural phenomena. Beginning with a seemingly obvious question which has frustrated generations of scholars and theorists – what is a game? – we will go on to examine games in terms of function, purpose, mechanics, design, and audience. Students will learn how to talk about games and then how to put that knowledge to work in designing their own games. This course satisfies the Department’s Theory requirement and may satisfy an elective requirement for the New Media & Culture Certificate.