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Subtitles: English, Romanian
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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Game on! The History and Theory of MMOs

9 videos (Total 94 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Games as Culture5m
LOTRO Gameplay: Epic Quest Line, Book 112m
Remediation11m
Types of Video and Computer Games12m
A Brief History of Games9m
Juul: Emergence and Progression15m
Juul: Rules and Fiction11m
Cavafy's "Ithaca"7m
1 reading
Course Overview10m
2 practice exercises
Week 1 Standard Quiz (All students complete this quiz)18m
Week 1 Honors Quiz (Honors students complete the Week 1 Standard Quiz and this quiz)4m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

LOTRO and Tolkien

10 videos (Total 113 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
LOTRO Gameplay: Frodo and the Prancing Pony9m
Tolkien's Life and Works10m
Tolkien's Popularity8m
Themes in Tolkien's Writing14m
Quests as Structural Elements of Games12m
The Quester and the Quest9m
Part 1: Roland's Psyche6m
Part 2: Elements of the Quest Romance15m
Part 3: The Poem's Lyric Nature15m
2 practice exercises
Week 2 Standard Quiz (All students complete this quiz)16m
Week 2 Honors Quiz (Honors students complete the Week 2 Standard Quiz, this quiz, and the Week 2 Peer Review)4m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Romance and Realism

13 videos (Total 129 min), 2 quizzes
13 videos
Genres of Romance 4m
The Romance Circle 14m
Allegory Defined 11m
Tolkien on Allegory15m
Genre and Plot Forms8m
Lost in an Episodic Plot10m
Wandering and Doubling in Romance7m
Issues of Theme and Content8m
Flat vs. Round Characters12m
Daemonic Characters and Romance Character Systems7m
Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci" I 7m
Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci" II 10m
2 practice exercises
Week 3 Standard Quiz (All students complete this quiz)12m
Week 3 Honors Quiz (Honors students complete the Week 3 Standard Quiz and this quiz)6m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Space and Time in Three Media

10 videos (Total 75 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
Storyworlds5m
Spatial Issues in Film 8m
Gameplay: Spatial Issues in Immersive Games (Stone Trolls)9m
Point of View in Novels and Films 14m
Point of View in Games7m
Temporal Order I: Introduction 7m
Temporal Order II: Film3m
Temporal Order III: Painting 2m
Temporal Order IV: Gaming 8m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 Standard Quiz (All students complete this quiz)14m
Week 4 Honors Quiz (Honors students complete the Week 4 Standard Quiz, this quiz, and the Week 4 Peer Review)6m
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Top reviews from Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

By GDJun 17th 2016

An interesting course for anyone who likes lord of the rings online, fantasy (modern and presents), literature, video games, and/or movies! It's the ultimate combination for maximum nerddom!

By AMFeb 20th 2018

It was very interesting and fun. I liked the literature and examples of the workshop, it was very interesting and It did awaken a much slept passion for poetry and romance.

Instructor

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Jay Clayton

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English

About Vanderbilt University

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