HTKA112 Magic of the Game - Perspectives to Digital Games (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course familiarizes students with the basics of game studies and gives a foundation for understanding games and playing as part of contemporary culture. The course focuses on games, players and plyaing from multiple views with an emphasis on multidisciplinarity. The course contents also give basis for studying game design.

Completion methods

Lectures AND assingments or exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course student
- understands games in terms of structure, design, ways of playing, game communities and game cultures
- understands games and playing as a topic of multidisciplinary research
- knows the central concepts related to games
- can apply analysis tools to the study of games and playing
- is acquainted with central areas of game studies

Study materials

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  • Salen, Katie & Zimmermann, Eric, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals.; ISBN: 9780262240451
  • Juul, Jesper, Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds; ISBN: 9780262516518
  • Mäyrä, Frans, Introduction to Game Studies: Games in Culture; ISBN: 9781412934466

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item