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VIDEO GAMES STUDIES
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Waseda University - 'Waseda University'
UC Course SubjectFilm and Media Studies
Number & Suffix: 107
Full UC Title: VIDEO GAMES STUDIES 
Transcript Title: VIDEO GAMES STUDIES 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: Video games have become one of the world’s most lucrative media entertainment forms, grossing more as a global industry in the 21st century than film or television. However, the mass acceptance of video games and the industry's growth into an economically powerful business has also affected us socially, culturally, and aesthetically. This course examines the dynamics of video games from a variety of perspectives, including its historical and technological origins; ontological debates about the nature and necessity of games and play; the flexibility of game aesthetics; types of game genres and narratives; the people who play games both casually and actively; transmedial dimensions of games (particularly in Japan); and how games function in and represent society and culture at large. In addition to readings, students play a sample of video games throughout the semester in order to understand a variety of game genres, designs, and intersections with culture and society. Assessment: exam, papers, attendance and participation. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: VIDEO GAME STUDIES 01 
Partner University Department: SILS - Media Studies 
Partner University Course Number: MDAX201L