"Governance of Virtual Worlds" course at ASU

This is cool, it’s the description I received via email of a “Governance of Virtual Worlds” course taking place at Arizona State University next semester. I wish I didn’t already have a commitment that prevents me from enrolling.

The core of the course will be an innovative experiment in self-governance wtihin World of Warcraft. We expect to publish the results: co-author credit will be available.

The class will be Wednesdays from 4 to 7:55 in the Law College.
Governance of Virtual Worlds

SLN #: 26479
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 019
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Mableson;McKnight

Course Description:
Virtual worlds, including massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), used by tens of millions of people worldwide, have given rise to new forms of social, economic and political organization, and present unique challenges in their interaction with current legal, political, economic and cultural institutions. This course will use cross-disciplinary methods to examine community self-governance within virtual worlds, as well as regulation of virtual worlds by businesses and governments worldwide.

The workload and intellectual demands for this course will be substantial. We will usually meet three hours a week in a seminar setting, but may substitute sessions within a virtual environment for some or all of any week’s course time.

While no previous familiarity with virtual worlds or MMOs is required, students must be comfortable with software tools and online discussion.

A significant portion of this course will involve a hands-on experiment in virtual worlds governance. Active participation in the project, or an equivalent, will be essential to success in the course.

Graduate students in many fields (including CSPO students, political science, education, engineering and graphic arts), and exceptional undergraduates are welcome. Enrollment will be capped at 20 law students and 20 students from other fields.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numerically Graded, and ONE Time Pass Option is Available
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Seminar Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Blackboard Course Site: Yes

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