HIST 241/3.0 Issues in History: Playing WW1: Computer Games and Memory
HIST 241 will provide students with a good overview of some of the key trends within historical computer games. The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminar classes. Lectures are primarily designed to give an overview of the issues and problems on a particular topic, and provide guidance for seminar discussion. Seminars will be used for debates and group/sub-group discussion of primary sources and historiographical questions. They are intended to provide an interactive and participatory learning environment. Students are expected to do the set readings for each week, and to be prepared to contribute to the seminar discussion. The general approach to classes is informal, and discussion is viewed as an essential part of learning.
Students are expected to acquire a good understanding of how topics such as the portrayal of race and nationality, national memory, and audience expectations have influenced game design. As the course is built upon the examination of a wide variety of computer games, students will develop their ability to critically analyse different media materials.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Potential VELOs for this course include online tours of the Trench Exhibit National World War One Museum in the United States to examine how they use technology to portray the war. Also online ‘visits’ to the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France to see how the memory of Canada’s role in the war is portrayed both in stone and in virtual reality.