SCQF Level: 07
Module Code: DES104
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: School of Arts, Media and Games
In recent years, the democratisation of games technologies has made entry into game development easier and cheaper, resulting in a broader range of creative and experimental games that explore ethical, social, and cultural issues. As the breadth of game themes and topics expands, there is a growing need for game designers to demonstrate an awareness of pertinent theories, concepts, and models that could inform their practice. This module is designed to introduce students to game studies as a meta-discipline. Students will learn how to analyse and critique games and interactive media.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a foundation in the concepts, issues, and texts for the study of games and related cultural forms, so that they can form and disseminate cogent analyses and critiques.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Understand the history and important theories of play and games
2. Identify texts appropriate to the meta-discipline of game studies and apply reading to the analysis of games
3. Develop and disseminate a critical argument appropriate to the subject domain
1 Theories of play and games
Through a series of lectures and presentations, students will be familiarized with the important theories of play and games most often cited in game scholarship.
2 Critical theory and analysis
Through a series of lectures and readings, students will be familiarised with theories for the analysis of cultural forms, including aesthetic theory and reception theory, useful for the analysis and criticism of games.
3 Histories of games
Through lectures, readings and film screening, students will learn various models of game history, from technological and techno-social through genre-specific and conceptual histories.
4 Culture and politics of games
In discussion groups and through appropriate readings, students will become familiar with contemporary issues in representation and inclusion in cultures of digital gaming.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
A series of lectures will form a basis from which students will be expected to build a foundation in game studies as a scholarly discipline. Tutorial sessions will clarify key issues and provide opportunities for peer-driven discovery of knowledge drawn from individual research. Students will play and research historical and contemporary games and present their analyses and critiques to their fellow students, using the frameworks learned in reading, lectures, and tutorials. Students will each write an academic essay on an approved theme, and deliver a presentation of their work at the end of the semester. Students will be provided with online essay writing and presentation learning materials that will help them to develop and present their arguments.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.