Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Description
Intructor:
Brackin, Adam
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6384 Section: 09M
Day:
MW Time: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Course Title:
The Psychology of MMOs

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will explore the psychology of player behavior and motivation in massively multiplayer online games, with a special focus on Star Wars: The old Republic. Topics will include: individual behavior and motivation; group dynamics, virtual communities; role-playing; griefing and online harassment; ethics; identity, anonymity, and pseudonimity; virtual politics; and the structure of MMOGs in relation to virtual spaces, economies, communication, and game design.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

T.L. Taylor, Play Between Worlds
Castronova, Exodus to the Virtual World
Searle, Star Wars The Old Republic Explorer's Guide
Various online readings

Students in this course will be required to maintain a Star Wars: The Old Republic account for the duration of the course

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

Students are expected to complete all readings, engage in all class discussions, and attend and participate in all online meetings and activities in SW:TOR, which will require an active account to the MMO. Students will complete two short essays and a presentation as part of this course, and will be expected to lead at least one class discussion on a topic of their choice.

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