COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Winter 2018, Section 002 - Video Games: Culture and Identity
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 101 strongly recommended.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

From its development in the 1970s through today, the video game industry has exhibited extraordinary growth and impressive change. Video game developers gross billions of dollars a year, and recent reports from the Entertainment Software Association indicate that 42% of Americans game three or more hours per week. Games have grown from an accidental off-shoot of Cold War military research into a serious industry that is deeply embedded in our economic, social, and cultural lives. This course offers a broad introduction to various areas of game studies, from gender and race representations to globalization and industrial labor, and provides students with the opportunity to explore their particular interests in greater depth with their final projects. No prior knowledge of gaming required! The course will begin with a brief history of games and major theories in game studies to give students the necessary background for critical analysis.

Intended Audience:

No prior knowledge of gaming required! The course begins with a brief history of games and major theories in game studies to give students the necessary background for critical analysis.

Schedule

COMM 404 - Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30723
Closed
0
6Jr or Sr
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
002 (LEC)
 In Person
30724
Closed
0
6Jr or Sr
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
003 (LEC)
 In Person
27105
Open
10
13Jr or Sr
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.

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