A Rice University class is using Skyrim to teach students about Norse mythology
A fascinating new junior level English Literature course has appeared on the Rice University schedule for next semester and its a class mythology buffs and gamers alike who are attending the private Texan university may be interested in signing up for.
There are a lot of things the students can learn about the Norse mythology by playing Skyrim, if you would ask my son about this I am sure he could give you a lot of details, he is a lawyer and has advanced business skills but his passion is video games. He did not play at all during college, he put a strong goal to get good grades and decided that playing video games takes too much time.
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Cool concept. Kinda reminds me of how Age of Mythology and Okami have quite a bit of mythological facts/traits going on in those games.
Oh my gawd, that would be such an awesome course!
+5 faith in humanity.
You're overthinking it.Skyrim is inspired by norse and medieval folklore,it retains a lot of the culture elements from back then.Plus,if you read the article,not only the title,you'll know the goal is not to present a accurate representation of norse culture,but to make a link to modern fantasy.Skyrim is the perfect game for that.
Makes me wanna take the course.
Incidentally, the whole banning of Talos worship element of the story is a bit of a parallel to the Christians overrunning the worship of Thor, who was the chief protector of humanity to Scandinavian folk.
Something tells me this class will also learn how an arrow to the knee will secure your future as a guard somewhere.
Then the title is wrong: "A Rice University class is using Skyrim to teach students about Norse mythology" The title clearly says that it's using Skyrim to teach Norse towards students.
The point of the class isn't to teach Skyrim as correct Norse mythology. I think you read the article wrong, or maybe didn't read it at all. It clearly states that the class will look at how Norse mythology applies to Skyrim, which leads to talking about how the Scandinavian culture as a whole has been used in various fantasy series and why that is so popular today. Nobody ever said that this class is strictly on Norse mythology but decided to use Skyrim as a textbook. That's simply not the case.
Awesome idea! I wish there were more classes like this.
Ok Skyrim doesn't accurately portray Norse mythology in the first place... I'm sorry but vampires are not Norse mythology. They're better off playing Age of Mythology and watching Thor or heck read Thor comics. Skyrim uses Norse but in their own twisted way... So if you want to be the laughing stock for learning the wrong things the whole time go right ahead....
MatPat, this is for you.
I dont really see how they can get much out of scandinavian norse mythologhy out of skyrim but playing the game will be fun I guess.
Final exam essay: They were going to be a world power, but then they took an arrow in the knee.
Your show actually proves it's possible to make a nintendo class!
I actually took a class like this, but for harry potter. I've been debating taking part two of the class, but I want to finish my actual required classes... (I could get credit for the first one)
I go to Rice! Maybe, I should take that class next semester.
I need to see if my friend who is attending Rice knows about this.
This is relevant to my interests!