Games for Social Change

The ghost of Mohammed Mossadegh shuffles sadly through a phantasmagoric protest of Persian bricolage. But where is his cat?

Detail of a screenshot of The Cat and the Coup, a videogame by Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad. (Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

CMS.615 / CMS.815

As Taught In

Fall 2013


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

Run as a workshop, students collaborate in teams to design and prototype games for social change and civic engagement. Through readings, discussion, and presentations, we explore principles of game design and the social history of games. Guest speakers from academia, industry, the non-profit sector, and the gaming community contribute unique and diverse perspectives. Course culminates in an end of semester open house to showcase our games.

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Scot Osterweil. CMS.615 Games for Social Change. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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