Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brackin, Adam
Discipline and Number
ATEC 3353 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Game Studies

Description of Course:

ATEC 3353 - Game Studies (3 semester hours) Introduction to critical game studies, including analysis of digital and analog games as cultural artifacts, logical systems, technological objects, social media, and narrative experiences. Coursework will focus on basic principles of analysis, criticism, rhetoric, and ludology.

D1 - Magazine Review
D2A - Academic Paper ABSTRACT (300 words)
D2B - Academic paper 10 pages
D3 - Textbook Chapter (30 pages)

Required Texts:

Replay: The History of Video Games [Paperback]
By Tristan Donovan, Yellow Ant (2010) 0956507204

All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture [Paperback]
By Harold Goldberg, Three Rivers Press (2011) 0307463559

The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokémon 1st Edition [Paperback]
By Steven Kent, Three Rivers Press (2001) 0761536434

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prerequisite: RHET 1302 (ENGL 1302) Rhetoric (3 semester hours) is required before taking this course as the majority of your grade will be determined by quality technical and scholarly writing in three increasingly larger documents. [1302 presents an integrated approach to writing, reading, and critical thinking by developing the grammatical, logical, and rhetorical skills necessary for university writing. All classes work in a computerized learning environment. Students are taught basic computer literacy and submit all work electronically and on paper.]

Students must be actively enrolled in or officially auditing this class (ATEC 3352) in order to attend it due to UTD policy, fire code, and very real seating restrictions.

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