ENGLISH 221 - Literature and Writing Outside the Classroom
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Reading and Writing Games
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course will offer students the opportunity to explore games of all sorts to better understand how they are constructed, what kinds of stories they tell, how we learn while playing, and – perhaps most importantly – what makes them so much fun. To do this, we’ll develop some tools for analyzing the mechanics of board games, table-top role playing games like D&D, and video games. We’ll explore and write about the experience of learning and playing games, dip into writing in the communities surrounding those games, and construct projects that relate to connections between games and your other interests.

 

 

Depending on your personal goals, the final project in this course will offer you different things as readers and writers. Everyone will read a variety of games like writers to better understand how they work. After that, things will get personal. Some will use that understanding to design their own games and supporting materials. Some will construct a range of public-facing texts that you might find in gaming communities. Others will write cultural critiques of games. Still others will develop plans to use the innate learning potential in games to think about authentic implications for teaching. And maybe some will come up with quite different kinds of projects. Everyone will be expected to play, analyze, write about, and enjoy the intellectual depth of games and their surrounding communities. 

 

 

Schedule

ENGLISH 221 - Literature and Writing Outside the Classroom
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
23651
Closed
0
 
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Tu 5:30PM - 8:30PM
002 (REC)
 In Person
36639
Open
6
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
36692
Closed
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (REC)
 In Person
36827
Open
1
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (REC)
  Hybrid
37694
Open
1
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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