CMS 274 A: Perspectives on Media: Critical Concepts

Summer 2023 B-term
Meeting:
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am / DEM 004
SLN:
10771
Section Type:
Lecture
Instructor:
INTRO TO VIDEO GAMES HYBRID COURSE
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

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Play video games for credit this summer! In this course, you'll learn the history of video games by playing retro game systems in class. You'll discuss the academic approaches to studying games, as well as the role of race, gender, and sexuality in gaming culture. You'll learn how game technology works, and complete an activity in which the class collectively builds its own video game controller. You will also learn to make your own simple video games using Scratch, Twine, and other software--no experience required! Course materials will focus on retro games and indie games, but students will have the opportunity to integrate their own gaming experience and preferences in class discussion and creative assignments.

HYBRID FORMAT: Students may attend in-person or remotely. In-person meetings will be recorded on Panopto, and all graded assignments can be submitted online. Email malahern@uw.edu with any questions.

Catalog Description:
Provides an introduction to media studies, with particular attention to critical concepts including, but not limited to, audience studies, formal analysis, and ideological critique. Specific media analyzed varies.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 18, 2024 - 12:58 am