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IR4570   Everyday Life and Global Politics

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - 12.00 noon or 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Thu

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


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