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ARIN3640: Games and Play

2024 unit information

Games are distinctive cultural forms, with histories, aesthetics, design cultures, player communities and academic theory. This unit explores how games work, how they are situated in culture, and some of the practices behind designing and critically assessing games as media items. Drawing on game studies, game design, and media studies, students analyse games and develop a game concept from scratch.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Media and Communications

Code ARIN3640
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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(6 credit points at 2000 level in ARIN and (12 credit points at 1000 level in ARIN or 1000 level in MECO)) or (12 credit points at 2000 level in DECO) or (6 credit points at 1000 level and 6 credit points at 2000 level in SIEN)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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ARIN2640
Assumed knowledge:
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No prior programming experience necessary

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the cultural relevance of computer games
  • LO2. critically examine the ethics, politics and everyday uses of mobile media and computer games
  • LO3. understand the persuasive and educative potential of computer games
  • LO4. generate feasible concepts for games
  • LO5. understand the way market dynamics, political economies and ideologies shape computer games
  • LO6. understand the ways in which computer games generate and facilitate specific cultural practices and identities.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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