Cross-Disciplinary Postgraduate Modules
20/30 CATS - (10/15 ECTS)
This is a six day intensive course set to run 19-24 March 2018 (with a preliminary lecture at 15:00 on Tuesday 27th February). Each day consists of a lecture and seminar, followed by an activity that embeds the theories, concepts and methods learned through group play.
Aarseth E. (2003) Playing Research: Methodological approaches to game analysis.
Ash J. (2009) Emerging spatialities of the screen: Video games and the reconfiguration of spatial awareness. Environment and planning. A 41: 2105.
Apperly, Thomas, and Michael Dieter. (2010) Fibreculture Journal, 16, Special Issue Counter Play.
Bogost, I (2007) Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames MIT Press: London.
Bryce, J., and Rutter, J. (2002) Killing like a girl: Gendered gaming and girl gamers’ visibility. Proceedings of Computer Games and Digital Cultures Conference. Mäyrä, Frans (ed). Tampere: Tampere University Press.
Caillois R. (2001) Man, play, and games. Univ of Illinois Pr.
Calleja G. (2012) Erasing the magic circle. The philosophy of computer games. Springer, 77-91.
Cassone, V. I. (2017). Mimicking Gamers: Understanding Gamification Through Roger Caillois. Games and Culture, 12(4), 340–360
Chesher C. (2004) Neither gaze nor glance, but glaze: relating to console game screens. SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture 1.
Consalvo M. (2005) Rule Sets, Cheating, and Magic Circles: Studying Games and Ethics. IRIE. International Review of Information Ethics 3: 7-12.
Consalvo, M. (2007) Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames. MIT Press.
Csikszentmihalyi M. (2009) Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention: HarperCollins.
Cuttell, J. (2015) Arguing for an Immersive Method: Reflexive Meaning-Making, the Visible Researcher, and Moral Responses to Gameplay. Journal of Comparative Anthropology and Sociology, 6 (1): 55-75.
Daniel-Wariya, J. (2017). Rhetorical Strategy and Creative Methodology: Revisiting Homo Ludens. Games and Culture.
de Certeau M. (1984) The practice of everyday life, Berkeley, London: University of California Press.
de Souza e Silva A and Hjorth L. (2009) Playful Urban Spaces A Historical Approach to Mobile Games. Simulation & Gaming 40: 602-625.
Deterding, S. (2017). Alibis for Adult Play: A Goffmanian Account of Escaping Embarrassment in Adult Play. Games and Culture
Ehrmann J, Lewis C and Lewis P. (1968) Homo ludens revisited. Yale French Studies: 31-57.
Ellis, C. (1999) Heartful Autoethnography. Qualitative Health Research, 9 (5): 669-683.
Engel, M. (2016). Perverting Play: Theorizing a Queer Game Mechanic. Television & New Media, 1–10.
Ettorre, E. (2005) Gender, Older Female Bodies and Autoethnography. Women’s Studies International Forum, 28 (6): 535-546.
Ferrara, J. (2013). Games for Persuasion: Argumentation, Procedurality, and the Lie of Gamification. Games and Culture, 8 (4), 289–304.
Flanagan M. (2009) Critical play: radical game design, Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
Frissen V, Lammes S, Lange Md, et al. (2015) Playful identities: The ludification of media cultures. Amsterdam: AUP.
Fuchs M. (2012) Ludic interfaces. Driver and product of gamification. G| A| M| E Games as Art, Media, Entertainment 1.
Fuchs M, Fizek S, Ruffino P, et al. (2014) Rethinking Gamification. Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Fuller M, Jenkins H and Jones SG. (1995) Nintendo® and New World Travel Writing: A Dialogue. Cybersociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 57-72.
Galloway AR. (2006) Gaming: Essays on algorithmic culture: Univ Of Minnesota Press.
Geertz C. (1972) Deep play: Notes on the Balinese cockfight. Daedalus 101: 1-37.
Glas MAJ. (2010a) Games of stake: control, agency and ownership in World of Warcraft.
Glas R. (2010b) Cheating the Real: Exploring Advantageous Play in Foursquare. IR 11.0: Sustainability, Participation, Action.
Haraway, D. (2000) A cyborg manifesto: science, technology and socialist feminism in the late twentieth century. The Cybercultures Reader. Bell, David, and Kennedy, Barbara M. (eds) London: Routledge, pp. 291-324.
Haraway, D. (1988) Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective. Feminist Studies, 14 (3): 575-599.
Harvey, A., & Shepherd, T. (2017). When passion isn’t enough: gender, affect and credibility in digital games design. International Journal of Cultural Studies
Huizinga J. (2003) Homo ludens: A study of the play-element in culture: Taylor & Francis.
Jenkins H. (2003) Transmedia Storytelling: Moving characters from books to films to video games can make them stronger and more compelling. Technology Review 15.
Juul J. (2008) The magic circle and the puzzle piece. Conference proceedings of the philosophy of computer games. 56-67.
Karhulahti, V-M. (2015) Defining the Videogame. Game Studies: The Internation Journal of Computer Game Research 15 (2).
King, G. and Krzywinska, T. (2006) Tomb Raiders and Space Invaders: Video Games in the 21st Century. I. B. Tauris.
Kirkland, E. (2009) Masculinity in video games: The gendered gameplay of Silent Hill. Camera Obscura 24 (2): 161-183.
Kirkpatrick, G. (2015). Ludefaction: Fracking of the Radical Imaginary. Games and Culture, 10(6), 507–524
Kristensen, L., & Wilhelmsson, U. (2017). Roger Caillois and Marxism: A Game Studies Perspective. Games and Culture, 12(4), 381–400.
Kücklich, J. 2007. Homo Deludens – cheating as a methodological tool in digital games research. Convergence, 13(4), 255-367.
Lammes S. (2008) Spatial Regimes of the Digital Playground: Cultural Functions of Spatial Practices in Computer Games. Space and Culture 11: 260-272.
Lauteria, Evan W. Ga(y)mer Theory: Queer Modding as Resistance. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Games and/as Resistance special issue, 2012.
Letherby, G. (2002) Claims and Disclaimers: Knowledge, Reflexivity and Representation in Feminist Research. Sociological Research Online, 6 (4): n. p.
Lauteria, E. V. (2012) Ga(y)mer Theory: Queer Modding as Resistance. Reconstruction 12 (2): n.pag.
McMahan, A. (2003) Immersion, Engagement and Presence. The Video Game Theory Reader. Wolf, M. J. P., and Perron, B. (eds). pp. 67-86.
Miller K. (2008) The Accidental Carjack: Ethnography, Gameworld Tourism, and Grand Theft Auto. Game Studies. The International Journal of Computer Game Research 8.
Montola M. (2005) Exploring the edge of the magic circle: Defining pervasive games. Proceedings of DAC. n.p.
Pargman D and Jakobsson P. (2008) Do you believe in magic? Computer games in everyday life. European Journal of Cultural Studies 11: 225-244.
Raessens, J. (2014) The ludification of Culture. Fuchs, Mathias; Fizek, Sonia; Ruffino, Paulo, and Schrape, Niklas (eds). Rethinking Gamification. Lüneburg: Meson press. pp. 91-114.
Salen, K., and Zimmerman, E. (2004) Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. London: MIT Press.
Schwartz L. (2006) Fantasy, realism, and the other in recent video games. Space and Culture 9: 313-325.
Schwartz R and Halegoua GR. (2014) The spatial self: Location-based identity performance on social media. New Media & Society: 1-18.
Sicart M. (2014) Play Matters, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Sutton-Smith B. (2001) The ambiguity of play, Cambridge. Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Taylor L. (2003) When Seams Fall Apart: Video Game Space and the Player. Game Studies. The International Journal of Computer Game Research 3.
Wall, S. (2008) Easier Said Than Done: Writing an Autoethnography. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 7 (1): 38-53.
Zimmerman E. (2012) Jerked around by the magic circle: Clearing the air ten years later. Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making games. n.p.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of how play can be understood in relation to digital media;
- analyse digital media from a playful perspective;
- have a grasp of classical theories of games and play as well as being able to critique them;
- discuss and situate recent developments and debates in play-studies and game-studies, such as: gamification and ludification; magic circle; cheating; pervasive play;
- understand the potential of playful methods.
Please be advised that you may be expected to have access to a laptop for some of these courses due to software requirements; the Centre is unable to provide a laptop for external students.
Gaining the permission of a member of CIM teaching staff to take a module does not guarantee a place on that module. Nor does gaining the permission of a member of staff from your home department or filling in the eVision Module Registration (eMR) system with the desired module. You must contact the Centre Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a module place.
Please be advised that some modules may have restricted numbers. Places are not allocated on a first-come first-served basis, but instead all external students requesting a CIM module as optional, who submit their request by the relevant deadline are given equal consideration.
We are normally unable to allow students (registered or auditing) to join the module after the third week of it commencing. If you have any queries please contact the Centre Administrator.