Ethics & Gaming Syllabus

Games are communities and games are part of our public, our society, and our culture – and as such, the play and creation of them have ethical implications. I have three main goals with this course. First, the goal is to help foster the practice of ethical thinking by using the popular, relevant medium of games. Two, many of the students who take this course want to be game developers or designers and I want to help them cultivate an interest in and habit of also asking ethical questions when making and distributing games, in addition to asking design, technical, artistic, and business questions. Three, I also hope that students develop a greater understanding for the cultural and social implications of games, and how ethical questions around games pervade and influence our everyday lives. In other words: as grapple with the ethical ramifications of our creation and play of games, we may start to also disentangle broader questions about humanity and how we should all live together.

Image by Celine Diaz

Image by Celine Diaz

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