Gaming the System: The Political Potential of Play

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Gaming the System

Fall 2019

Taught By: Colleen Macklin

Section: L

CRN: 7530

Credits: 0

Play. When we think of the word, we might envision images of children running around in a playground, puppies wrestling, or teenagers concentrating on hitting their targets in a first-person shooter—activities that seem frivolous and removed from the serious business of life. But what if instead, we looked beyond these images, to what play really involves: improvisation, creative problem-solving, strategy, empathy, subverting social norms, and systems-thinking? In fact, play is the natural way we learn. These are just a few of the ways play helps us re-imagine the world. Perhaps play is more serious than we think. In this class we’ll look at play and how games—or in other words, machines that generate play—model the world and let us try out new strategies. We’ll play games, deconstruct them, modify them, and make them to reflect the world, social issues, and experiences that are fun and profound, serious and playful. By the end of the semester, you will have a deeper understanding of how games work, and through playing and making them, how the world works too. [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts and Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 100

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:02am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 407

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019