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Game Analysis: Games and Cultural Analysis


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This 13-week course is dedicated to exploring the many aspects of one specific game series (in 2014-2015: The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda, 1994-), within the context of comparable games and the intermedial genre of fantasy. Students will learn to bring key concepts and analytic methods discussed in the first semester, and a range of more specific issues and concepts for this genre to bear on the TES-games, and learn how to develop this analysis into a critical reflection on the social role of these specific games, and the genre of RPG-(fantasy)-games as a whole, within a broader cultural and social context.

Course objectives

After this course, students have obtained

  • an insight in the contemporary cultural and theoretical relevance of the intermedial genre of fantasy, and of the genre of RPG fantasy video games ;

  • the ability to work with the concepts and insights obtained in the first semester to analyse a specific case study;

  • knowledge of a range of specific concepts and insights relevant for this specific genre;;

  • the ability to engage in a well-informed cultural analysis of an aspect of the games series (fantasy, neomedievalism, landscape, space, religion, magic, database, identity, race, death, gender, sexuality, pleasure, counter-gaming, etc.), and to write a well-founded report of this analysis.


The timetable is available on the website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Course Load: 280 Hours
Lectures: 26 Hours
Course Preparation: 254 Hours

Assessment method

Presentation 20%, short paper 40%, exam 40%


A resit is offered for all assignments. A failed presentation can be compensated with a written assignment.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with additional information/reading material

Reading list

The reading list will be announced on Blackboard. Short essays that are not available on internet will be placed on Blackboard, longer texts will be available on the “werkgroepenplank” (working group shelves) in the library.


Enrolment through uSis for classes, exams and final mandatory.

Contact information

For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher Ms I. Hoving

Student administration: Van Wijkplaats
Coordinator of studies: ms. drs. E.M.T.Poolman


For more information please check the website of the study program Film and Literature Studies.