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IR4570 Everyday Life and Global Politics

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The study of international relations has predominantly focused on supposedly 'official' actors, sites and practices. But what about 'ordinary' individuals? What about their 'mundane' practices and quotidian behaviours? How do their everyday lives fit into IR? This module explores how everyday life and global politics are co-constitutive. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, students will critically interrogate how it is in the everyday that the global is situated and produced. Whether travel, leisure, or popular culture, this module reveals how these everyday objects, structures and practices mutually constitute global power relations that are messy, complex and bolster often problematic logics of militarisation, gender, race, class, and so on. This module will therefore introduce students to (and encourage them to engage in) alternative and creative ways of thinking, and also alternative and creative sites and forms of scholarship, learning and assessment.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar (x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 270

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr L Mills
Module teaching staff:Dr L Mills