Gaming the System: The Political Potential of Play

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Gaming the System

Fall 2022

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 "gamers" 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? If play is how we naturally learn, perhaps games are more serious than we think. In this class we'll look at how games model the world, and the world is reflected in games and their systems. We'll also look at a world that is increasingly game-like, with political and economic actors "gaming the system," and lives impacted by algorithms and rules that create inequity and at the same time, tactical opportunities. We'll play games, deconstruct them, modify them, and make them, reflecting systems in the world 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. Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts & Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 125

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 2:00am EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 404

Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022