Course Title: The Play Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Play Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Emma Witkowski

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4756

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 14 Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will build critical reading skills around the historical role of games in creating social dynamics. You will gain a critical knowledge of how social relations can be mediated by play and derive useful knowledge for both design and analysis. Advanced concepts of interaction design, mechanics, user experience and narrative will be explored with reference to both traditional and new media. Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced critical analysis skills specifically in relation to interaction design and the place of interactive media and games within broader society.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the relationship and influences between interactive media, video games and technology.
  • Analyse the conventions of interactive media and be able to communicate this to other diverse practitioners.
  • Critically read and discuss how play and games intersect with complex social structures.
  • Discuss how the academic field of game studies is responding to changes in leisure and culture.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.