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22 Ways of Thinking About the Games We Play

Course Description

Why twenty two ways? Each day in this course will provide you an experience of different ways in which knowledge is produced. In this sense, the course is multidisciplinary, for it offers a survey of the distinct ways that we as human beings have come to ask questions, to pursue answers, and to organize our thinking. By encountering this rich diversity of human thought, directed at a single topic, you will (we hope!) develop a deeper understanding of your own ways of thinking.

The games we play is the course's unifying theme in the winter. Why games? They are everywhere where humans are: There are children's games, war games, and the Olympic Games. People watch NFL football, and some play those games on their XBox and Playstation consoles. Games are a metaphor for politics, romance, and much in between. Language is a game. Games can even be metaphors for things non-human, for better and for worse. In this course, you'll learn how a diverse set of disciplines have explored the kinds of games we play. And although the purpose of this course is serious, it WILL be all fun and games!

OK, not all fun and games. But we'll also spend some time on why something is fun and something else isn't.

Most of the information for this course is available on the student-restricted CTools site.

Understanding Assignments and Grading


Some of the details of the scoring have changed, but you get the overall idea. The new details on scoring are available in an Excel spreadsheet on the course's CTools site.