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Introduction to Game Studies - AISE00031
Title: Introduction to Game Studies
Guaranteed by: Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship (21-UISK)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2 [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (10)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: ANM50595
Explanation: Předmět je pod tímto kódem určen výhradně výměnným studujícím (erasmus).
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Vít Šisler, Ph.D.
Class: Exchange - 08.9 Others-Humanities
Exchange - 14.9 Others-Social Sciences
Exchange - 15.4 Library Science
Exchange - 15.9 Others-Commun. & Inform. Sciences
Is interchangeable with: NAFF003
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Last update: Mgr. Vít Šisler, Ph.D. (12.10.2021)
The course provides students with theoretical and methodological introduction to game studies. It critically analyzes video games and explore their broader cultural, social, and political aspects. The topics of the course include game studies theory, history of video games, methods of video game analysis, and social and psychological aspects of gaming. The course aims to develop students' ability to critically reflect video games as a sociocultural phenomenon and conduct team-based research projects. The course is taught in English.

*** The course is suitable for exchange students (i.e. Erasmus+) but only under the code AISE00031. This is very important! Make sure you register to the course under the right code. ***
Course completion requirements
Last update: Mgr. Vít Šisler, Ph.D. (12.10.2021)

Methods of Assessment:

10 % team formation & research proposal submission
10% team-project midterm consultation
80 % team-project final paper (16,000 characters, Game Studies style) 
-10% late submission (deadline = 23:59 CET)

Time and Place:

The course will taught on Wednesdays, starting October 13, 2021.
10:50 am - 12:25 pm
Room no.: 427, Celetná 20

*** Students must attend the first lecture in order to be enrolled to the course. ***

Last update: Mgr. Vít Šisler, Ph.D. (06.10.2020)

BOGOST, IAN (2007). Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
DONOVAN, TRISTAN (2010). Replay: the History of Video Games. Yellow Ant.
EGENFELDT-NIELSEN, S., SMITH, J.H., TOSCA, S.P. (2008). Understanding Video Games: The Essential Introduction. Routledge.
FERNÁNDEZ-VARA, CLARA (2014). Introduction to Game Analysis. Routledge.
FROMME, J. & UNGER, A. (2012). Computer Games and New Media Cultures: A Handbook of Digital Games Studies. Springer.
JAHN-SUDMANN, ANDREAS & STOCKMANN, RALF (Eds.) (2008). Computer Games as a Sociocultural Phenomenon. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
JUUL, JESPER (2005). Half-real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
LANKOSKI, PETR & BJÖRK, STAFFAN (2015). Game Research Methods: An Overview. ETC Press.
SCHRANK, B. (2014) Avant-garde Videogames: Playing with Technoculture. The MIT Press.
MÄYRÄ, FRANS (2008). An Introduction to Game Studies. SAGE Publications.
ŠISLER, V., RADDE-ANTWEILER, K. & ZEILER, X. (2018). Methods for Studying Video Games and Religion. New York, NY: Routledge.

Last update: SISLV1AF (28.09.2018)

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