American University To Offer History Course Based On Red Dead Redemption And RDR2
By Sean Murray
Published Feb 15, 2021
An actual history professor is going to dive into Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 in an actual university course this fall.
Look, nobody is going to say that Red Dead Redemption or RDR2 are?accurate portrayals of America around the turn of the 20th century, but that doesn’t mean these games are entirely without educational value. An actual history professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville sees these games as a great jumping-off point to dive into some extremely interesting and historically important issues.
So he’s going to offer an actual history course later this fall that looks at American history through the lens of Red Dead Redemption.
“HIUS 383: Red Dead America” will be available for students at the University of Tennessee to take for their fall semester. It explores the “historical reality” behind the Red Dead Redemption games, which “skillfully broach a number of crucial historical issues in the 1899-1911 period.”
Some topics will include the “frontier mythology,” “expansion of monopoly capitalism and how railroads extended corporate power,” and “settler colonialism and the dispossession of Native peoples,” among many, many others.
Professor Tore Olsson basically provides a course breakdown on Twitter. The course will have a cap of 35 people, but if a long waiting list develops, Olsson will do what he can do to open the course up even more.
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Also, you don’t necessarily need to have played the game to take the course. Olsson assumes that anyone taking the course would have already played at least one Red Dead game before, but there won’t be any coursework that relates specifically to the game itself, just the topics that the game discusses. Some in-game footage is likely to be used during the course, but that’s about it.
Who says video games don’t belong in the classroom? I’m a history professor at @UTKnoxville. This fall, I’ll be teaching a new course titled “HIUS 383: Red Dead America,” exploring the historical reality behind @RockstarGames’ series. What kinds of topics will we be exploring? /1 pic.twitter.com/wkaHSvz4E4
— Tore Olsson (@ToreCarlOlsson) February 11, 2021
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