- Code INTR8018
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Alister Wedderburn
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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INTR8018 is a course that showcases new areas of teaching within the Department of International Relations. The specific topic and associated learning outcomes will change each semester that the course is taught. Please be sure to read the information about the topics and expectations for the next offering.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- The specific learning outcomes for the course will vary depending on the topic. Please see the description below for the learning outcomes during its next offering.
Sem 1 2019
IR traditionally concerns itself with ‘high’ politics: statecraft, foreign policy, diplomacy & war. However, there are many other sites of potential interest to the discipline. Global politics does not just occur in transnational organisations, foreign offices, embassies & militaries, but also in travel writing, films, social media & in any number of unexpected & often-overlooked places.
This topic will explore some of these alternative sites of global-political concern. It combines a broad & inclusive general outlook with a more detailed focus on specific case studies ranging from the visual representation of migration to the global politics of tourism. Students will draw upon a wide variety of sources & stimuli: not only academic texts but also literature, images, video, popular media & material objects.
We will begin by outlining why IR scholars might use culture to develop or extend their understanding of global politics, before examining 4 overlapping fields of cultural activity: the visual, the literary, the popular & the material. Students will think about how cultural objects, artefacts, texts &/or practices might represent or reflect the international – as well as how they might help to shape or ‘produce’ it.
The course will end by considering the culture of IR itself, as an academic discipline. What might it mean to be alert to institutional culture(s) in which we study, think & write? And how might this impact our work? To study culture requires a recognition of the ways in which we too are inevitably & inescapably embedded within it.
- Develop the theoretical & methodological approaches underpinning the study of culture and IR
- Evaluate the ways IR can be ‘read’ through a range of cultural objects, texts & practices
- Evaluate the ways IR might be ‘produced’ or transformed by cultural objects, texts & practices
- Explain and justify ideas about the above themes in class discussion & assessment
- Special topic course, allowing individual convenors to create an assessment scheme appropriate to the topic and to the class size. See class summary for details. (100) [LO 1]
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10 hours per week made up of contact hours and personal study
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