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John Peter Richardson
B CUSP 107
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Individuals and Society

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.

Class description

B CUSP 107A

Play: Anthropological and Psychological Perspectives

We play as much as we work, but rarely do we think about play. Why do we play? How do we play? What are the meanings we attach to play, and how does play fit with the rest of what we do as humans? In this class we will explore the question of play. Starting with an investigation of the relation between play and work (and what this reveals about the mind), this class will look at play in a variety of forms: from joking , games, comedy, children's play, horseplay, fantasy, and on through organized sports, play is an everyday activity inseparable from what it is to be human.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

REQUIRED TEXTS: Peter Stromberg, Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You, 978-0804761116

William Calvin, A Brief History of the Mind: From Apes to Intellect and Beyond, 978-0195182484

Stuart Brown, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, 1583333789

Class assignments and grading

Short papers, tests


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John Peter Richardson
Date: 10/16/2012