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Design Board Games for Socio-Political Change

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Course Features

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Duration

3 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Desktop, Laptop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Beginner

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Effort

3 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

Board games that engage and educate can transform social events into social change.

Board games are a great way to socialize and reflect a culture's beliefs and values. They are also one of the fastest-growing hobbies today.

All of this in mind, it is easy to see how playing board games can influence people's views on important issues. These games can be used to promote social and political change.

This three-week course is offered by the Abertay University School of Design and Informatics. You'll learn how to analyze the use of boardgames in socio-political debates and how to create your own game design concept.

Understand the basics of board games and how they are constructed

Before you can start designing games for social change, you will need to know the basics, processes, and techniques of good design.

You'll be able to play, analyse, deconstruct, and deconstruct games that were created to benefit society.

Make the social and/or political changes you desire

Once you have a good understanding of the theory behind creating board games that encourage sociopolitical reforms you will be able to make it happen yourself.

You'll be able to create your own ideas, and you'll also benefit from the constructive feedback you receive from your peers.

Learn from the top board game designers

The School of Design and Informatics of Abertay University is the UK's Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education.

Their award-winning courses have a worldwide reputation. You'll be able to benefit from all their expertise and support as your board games are created to improve the world.

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Instructor-Moderated Discussions

Skills You Will Gain

What You Will Learn

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Demonstrate the application of skills to classify, analyse and deconstruct games

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Explore and reflect on the wider social, political and cultural aspects of games

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Explore the potential of games as powerful media to foster discussion and debate

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Collaborate with peers to develop constructive feedback on games

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Develop documents that transform ideas into game design concepts

Target Students

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This course is designed for anyone interested in board game design, especially as a tool to create political or social change No prior knowledge is required, but a genuine love of board games will make the course even more enjoyable and meaningful

Course Instructors

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Laurie O'Donnell

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Director of Development (Future Learning) at Abertay. Background in schools as well as local and national government. Interested in the spaces where learning, teaching, assessment and technologies meet
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Hadi Mehrpouya

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I teach progamming and design of computer games at Abertay. I am a critical designer and my research is about player-avatar relationships, big-data and gameplay surveillance.
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Charly Harbord

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Charly works as the InGame International Project Coordinator, Founder and Project Lead of the Kilted Otter Initiative, an Indigenous language research-based game jam both at Abertay University.
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William Kavanagh

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Computer Science and Game Design lecturer at Abertay University
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