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Course Description

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Online Game Studies Course Description


{Course number may change} LIT 4930 is a special topics course focusing on games as media objects. The course will investigate games themselves as well as their uses. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the relationship between academic interests in games, and developing skills for a major or career (through writing lesson plans, game reviews, or designing game prototypes).


Course Goals

After completing this course, you will:

  • Know more about video games: their past, present, and future.
  • Understand the role that video games play in the history of gaming and simulation.
  • Know more about how video games can be used for entertainment and for purposes other than entertainment.
  • Be able to articulate your relationship with video games and electronic media more fully.


Overview of the Course

This course consists of fifteen lessons and will use WebCT for delivery. To progress through this course, you should review each lesson in WebCT first. Each lesson will either emphasize the main ideas from the reading assignment or call your attention to topics that I think are most important. Then you should read the reading assignment and complete any exercises for that chapter, which will often include visiting a website to read more about games, playing a game, or taking a quiz based on the readings for that lesson. Finally, you should work on the ongoing projects for the course. Although you may work ahead, you should only submit one project at a time, and you should follow the steps outlined for each project to ensure that your topic choices meet the project requirements.


Required Textbooks and Course Materials


  • Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals

    This book can be purchased, but it can also be read (for free) online through the UF Library system.

  • Online readings listed with the lessons.
  • Online games in Flash and Shockwave listed with the lessons.

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