Summer School Serious Games Radboud Universiteit

Summer School Serious Games Radboud Universiteit

Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen biedt een week lang Summer School over Serious Games for Analysing en Supporting Complex Decision making. Inschrijving sluit op 1 Juni. De cursus zelf is on campus, in het Engels.

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Course Description

Decision-making is often complex: interests of those involved can conflict and several options often compete for support and funding. In addition, decision-making needs to be sensitive for underlying motives, belief systems, and personal and political agendas. All this takes place in dynamic environments; intermediate actions and series of step-wise decisions are taking shape, while new situations are unfolding and ‘disrupting’ events are faced (e.g. new information, changes in urgency and priority of current problems, risks and uncertainties).
This course has the ambition to stimulate students to explore the potential of serious games for facilitating and analyzing decision-making and make students capable of using gaming approaches to analyze and stimulate decision-making. To this end, the (im)possibilities of serious gaming are discussed and participants will develop, test and play a serious game. The latter includes hands-on guidance by experienced tutors in defining a working structure and identifying game elements such as the players and strategies and valuable tips and tricks in facilitating games.
The scope of gaming approaches is broad. Elements for developing games are borrowed from a range of theories and methods, including game theory, economics, co-creation, social learning, participatory evaluation, scenario simulation, and focus group discussion.  The participants are encouraged to critically reflect on ethical responsibilities of researchers, stakeholders and not-represented players or under-represented interests in decision-making processes.

Course Leaders

Dr. Sander Lenferink, Assistant Professor
Geography, Planning, and Environment
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

Dr. Ary Samsura, Research Associate
Geography, Planning, and Environment
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

Femke Bekius, Assistant professor
Methods, Business Administration Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

Merel van der Wal, Assistant professor
Methods, Business AdministrationNijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

Marieke de Wijse – Van Heeswijk, External PhD Management Sciences – Intervention Methodology Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

Learning Outcomes

After this course you are able to:

  • Gain insight in the range of gaming approaches for supporting and analyzing decision-making processes
  • Understand the implications of working with gaming approaches, for two major purposes:
    • Understand how gaming approaches can support decision-making in practice.
    • Understand how gaming can be used for research, to analyze decision-making.
  • Develop, test and facilitate a game for supporting and/or analyzing decision-making
  • Reflect on capabilities and limitations of gaming approaches in decision-making processes in supporting decision-making.

Level of participant

  • Advanced Bachelor
  • Master
  • PhD

The course is designed for

We are looking for motivated participants with an active attitude that want to actively join and cooperate in exploring the world of serious games.

Admission Requirements

Participants must be an advanced bachelor, master’s or PhD candidate. This includes, but is not limited to, the fields of public administration, economics, engineering, business administration, political sciences, planning, geography, environmental sciences, sociology, and behavioral sciences.  No ICT, programming or modeling skills are required.

Admission Documents

  • Motivation letter (max. of 1 page, describing your reasons for applying for the course, your experience with gaming, and how/if you intend to use gaming in your study)
  • CV


11 – 15 July 2022

Application Deadline

1 June 2022

Course Fee


Early Bird Discounts

Mode of study

This course will be offered on campus.

ECTS credits


Meer info op de website van de organisatie

11 juli 2022 - 15 juli 2022
Hele dag uur

Radboud Universiteit
Houtlaan 4