Courses & Units

Games and Virtual Worlds HEJ356

Hobart

Introduction

Building on first year screen analysis skills, this unit examines video games and virtual worlds from the perspective of text, industry, and audience.  You will explore, analyse and discuss topics including: fandom and video game communities; storytelling and innovation in the games industry; learning through video games; and political power and activism.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with and participate in contemporary debates around video games as art; video games and violence; women and gaming; and piracy.

Summary

Unit name Games and Virtual Worlds
Unit code HEJ356
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Journalism, Media and Communications
Coordinator

Dr Craig Norris

Teaching staff

Dr Craig Norris

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
Note

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 100799

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

For Bachelor of Media and Bachelor of Media with Honours students: 4 HEJ level 100 units

For students outside the Bachelor of Media: 2 HEJ level 100 units

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HEJ256 Games and Virtual Worlds

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 x 60 minute weekly lecture

1 x 90 minute weekly tutorial

Assessment

Essay – 1500 words (25%); Presentation – 1500 word equivalent (25%); Research Project – 2500 word essay or practical work and exegesis (50%)

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Textbooks

Required

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Co-op Bookshop links

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