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IR5066   The Global Politics of Everyday Life

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: tbc

IR has traditionally focused on supposedly 'official' actors, sites and practices. But increasingly IR is exploring 'ordinary' individuals, their 'mundane' practices and quotidian behaviours. Following the recent turn to everyday 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, fashion, 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.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars (x 11 weeks)

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 L Mills