WORD AND SYMBOL, MAP AND LANGUAGE: EXPLORING COMMUNITIES THROUGH GAMES

Through a series of fun role-playing games, we will examine language, how it evolves, and how it is used to deal with conflict.

DATES:  WEEK 4 (6/27-7/1) 
​TIME: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT
RECOMMENDED GRADES: 9-12
​​TUITION: $450
TECHNICAL/MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS: This class will be conducted on Zoom with the aid of the Roll20 online game hosting website. As the game visuals will be presented via Roll20, participants must register for a free Roll20 account and log in to Roll20 during the session in order to participate. No prior experience with Roll20 is required, and participants will be guided through what they must know to interact with the class materials.
INSTRUCTOR: Steven Townshend
LOCATION: Online

This participatory, interactive course explores the way communities grow, change, communicate, begin, and end. Through a series of fun, collaborative role-playing games, together we will examine communities’ use language, how they deal with conflict and crisis, and how they adjudicate laws, use resources, and form power structures.

In one of the games, we will focus on the way language grows and changes in an isolated community. In another, we will draw a map together as we take turns making decisions for a community exploring a strange, post-apocalyptic frontier.

This class is ideal for students who love to create, invent, tell stories, and think deeply about language, societies, and the choices. Excellent for storytellers, linguists, writers, performers, and those with an interest in social issues, politics, or law. The rules of these games are very simple and easy to learn.

This class is taught by Dungeons & Dragons author and designer Steve Townshend.

The skills highlighted in this class include:

  • language
  • cartography
  • improvisation
  • creative thinking
  • collaboration and cooperation
  • social studies
  • world building

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