Computer Game Studies

Study facts

Course codeINFOMEVI345
ECTS credits15
Teaching semesterSpring
Number of semesters1
Teaching language
Study levelPostgraduate Courses
Belongs toDepartment of Information Science and Media Studies


Contact Information

Objectives and Content

Contemporary computer games are technologically sophisticated and highly complex in terms of how they combine, mix and re-interpret different cultural and media forms. Through presentations and game analysis we will introduce and discuss the dominant generic forms and conventions of popular computer games. There will be a particular emphasis on narrative and the relationship with other

media, especially film, and on the use of computer games as a tool for education and public debate. The students will be introduced to the central perspectives, theories and concepts of computer game research, learn how to analyse and understand games, and also get hands-on experience with some of the core challenges of game design. The course will also address gaming practices in a wider economical, social and cultural context.

The course syllabus will be based on selected literature and games. The selected games will be available in the game analysis seminars, as downloadable demos for PC/MAC, or online. Approximately 200 pages of literature and 1 game is selected by the individual student and approved by the course lecturer.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course will be arranged as a combination of lectures that focus on the presentation of theory, and workshops related to game analysis and game design exercises

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance. Each student must give a 10-minute presentation of a selected game with point of departure in an article/chapter from the reading list, followed by questions and discussion.

Semester of Instruction

Spring/ Irregular.

Level of Study

Master level

Access to the Course

Master in Information Science or Media Studies Other master students may apply for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the candidate should be able to

  • describe and discuss central perspectives, theories and concepts of computer game research
  • discuss the role of computer games in a wider social and cultural context
  • critically discuss how games can be understood as a medium and how it may be compared to other media, in particular in terms of the role of narrative in games
  • critically discuss use of computer games as a tool for education and public debate
  • critically analyse and discuss games, game genres and game elements
  • tackle basic game design problems and critically evaluate existing game design and suggest new solutions
  • critically reflect on the role of games in culture and society

Required Previous Knowledge

BachelorĀ“s degree in information science or media studies or equivalent.

Assessment Semester


Forms of Assessment

The student is evaluated on the basis of a course essay. The topic for the essay is selected from a list of alternatives provided by the lecturer. The essay should be between 5000-7000 words, and is written under supervision.

Grading Scale

The grading system has a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.

Course Evaluation

INFOMEVI345 is evaluated by students every three years, by the Department every year.