• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alister Wedderburn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course will be occasionally scheduled to offer one-off opportunities to study under visiting experts, or to showcase a new teaching area. Information on the particular topic offered under this course will be outlined in the ‘Other Information’ section, including topic title, the topic convenor, and an indication of workload and indicative assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major issues in, and concepts associated with the special topic area;
  2. Evaluate and confidently apply these concepts;
  3. Critically evaluate approaches to the study of the special topic area;
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Other Information

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.


Learning outcomes

  1. Develop the theoretical & methodological approaches underpinning the study of culture and IR
  2. Evaluate the ways IR can be ‘read’ through a range of cultural objects, texts & practices
  3. Evaluate the ways IR might be ‘produced’ or transformed by cultural objects, texts & practices
  4. Explain and justify ideas about the above themes in class discussion & assessment

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will differ from topic to topic and will be detailed in the class summary. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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10 hours per week made up of contact hours and personal study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts will be listed on the course site on Wattle


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4868 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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