Official course description, subject to change:
Preliminary info last published 25/10-19

Advanced Topics in Game Studies

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KGADTGS1KU
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK (incl. vat)
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
Master of Science in Information Technology (Games)
Staff
Course semester
Semester
Efterår 2020
Start
24 August 2020
End
31 January 2021
Abbreviation
20202
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract

Students learn to analyse and critically engage with games and related theoretical topics.

Description

Games and play are an increasingly important genre of entertainment, marketing, personal expression and art. This course provides a theoretical foundation for analysing game and engaging with the role of games in our society.

Students will gain an understanding of how to analyse and critically engage with games.

The seminar follows two interwoven threads: game analysis and theoretical topics in game research.
The course covers central topics that addresses these issues including:
Games, mediation and textuality

  • Player Involvement
  • Narrative
  • Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • Persuasive Games
  • Politics and ideologies of Games
  • The students' own research interests are encouraged and welcomed.


    Intended learning outcomes

    After the course, the student should be able to:

    • Analyze digital games in a thorough and coherent manner, utilizing theories and methods engaged with in the course as a suite of analytical tools.
    • Engage critically with the academic literature in the field of Game Studies.
    • Refine and develop existing theories to better suit specific applied analysis.
    • Research a given topic independently in order to produce a paper that is good enough for submission to an international journal or conference.
    Ordinary exam
    Exam type:
    C: Submission of written work, external (7-trinsskala)
    Exam variation:
    C: Submission of written work
    Exam description:

    The term paper is an essay on the level of a publishable academic journal article. It has to be based on a good-sized literature review, contain an original research question and a solid argument, and use (i.e. critically engage, not simply list) a substantial number of sources (15-20). Its length should be between 4000 and 6000 words.