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Shade, Michael Johansson, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013

Ludic Studies

Inquiring game & play culture through theory and practice


Course leader, co-teaching with Joshua Griffins



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List of subjects


  • History & Archeology of games and play

  • Play in the development of human society and education

  • A definition of play & classifications of games

  • Principles, Types, Rules and Ethics of Play

  • Ludology and narratology

  • Pleasure and fun in games & play

  • Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory

  • Serious games & play

  • Speculative and critical play

  • The transformative power of play

  • Gamification & ludification

  • The pleasure of limits & boredom




  • Man, Play and Games, Roger Caillois, University of Illinois Press, 2001

  • Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture, Johan Huizinga, Angelico Press, 2016 (1938)

  • The Game Design Reader, A Rules of Play Anthology, Katie Salen & Eric Zimmerman, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006

  • Rules of Play, Game Design Fundamentals, Katie Salen & Eric Zimmerman, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004



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