Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
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.
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.