COMM 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality and U.S. Culture in Video Games
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
4
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Video games are one of the most widespread, profitable, and influential cultural forms in the U.S. Their rise to cultural dominance comes about at the same time as changing notions of race and gender in the U.S., such as liberal multiculturalism, the feminist movement, and a growing multiracial population. This course will avoid categorizing games as having positive or negative social effects, instead focusing on how race and gender have been expressed in a variety of types and styles of video games; how video games function as a window into U.S. cultural politics and aesthetic forms. We will look at the history, theory, and practice of video games in the U.S. with particular attention to racial stereotyping, user demographics, racial conflict in shared world and social games. The class will end with an examination of “serious” games and the potential of game texts, environments, and communities to help remediate social inequality.

Course Requirements:

Two short papers, participation in weekly class blog, an in-class midterm and take-home final exam. Students may produce a collaboratively created game or a research paper as their final project.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

Lecture/seminar

COMM 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality and U.S. Culture in Video Games
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30249
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
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30251
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5
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
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30253
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6
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
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30255
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3
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
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30257
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5
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
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30259
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12
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
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30261
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5
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
008 (DIS)
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30263
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20
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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