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Rice University in Houston, TX, which is not a video game design school, is offering a class titled Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim. It's only available for one semester and is described as such:
This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim.
While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits.
We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.
Enrollment is limited, so sign up now!
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i would take this course for sure!!
So much win!
This sounds like an amazing course to take, but everyone will probably get an F since they wont be able to stop playing Skyrim.
So... Play Skyrim, pretend it's an affront to all Norse mythology, get and A. I actually live in the Houston area.. I think me smells a new career.
Makes me wish I had decided to go to Rice a couple of years back when I was deciding what college to go to. But since I didn't have $50,000 lying around, it was a bit out of the question.
Neato. I don't suppose that this helps toward a major? This sure is Bethsesda's best marketing strategy in a while.
That is awesome.
Sign me up
History and video games.
time to change universities. LOL!!:)
Seems a little unnecessary.
LOL I wonder what all the college kids were thinking when they saw that as an option for a course.
I am the skyrim.
i would take this class...but i took an arrow to the knee.
Sorry, but I go to college with the determination to not goof off...unlike most people in this country.
I admire their drive to make connections to modern cultural objects that students can actually relate to, but it seems like that's the only purpose of this (sorry, but I can summarize the entire thing as "Austere environments and Viking-esque imagery is evocative in fantasy nerds just like verdant hills and dragons").
If one wants to draw parallels between the myths and the game...read up on the myths and go play the game. You don't really need to spend a few hundred dollars to have someone desperately trying to relate to you explain it.
"To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim."
And that right there is reason enough for me to want to take this course now. I love Norse and Icelandic sagas. Playing Skryim as I go through them would just be a bonus. Dang I wish I was able to sign up for this course.
This class will actually be fully legitimate. I studied Beowulf (in the Old English) with this professor, so I know that she knows what she is talking about and that she will take the subject matter very seriously (with the proper enthusiasm, of course). Looks like I graduated a year too early.
Finally teachers realize how much easier it is to teach, if you provide material your students enjoy doing.
Well, at least they realized a way to connect courses with some aspects of a video game. Now if only they could link up a course with Assassin's Creed and then there will be a glimmer of hope....