The course offers the understanding of basic concepts of international politics and political thought through the use of pop culture. The course is divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to the popular TV show Game of Thrones (2011-2019). It will analyze the concepts of International Relations and International Political Economy, such as power, ideas, alliances, cooperation, war, economy, and various models of social orders based on the main characters and important events that take place in the TV show. The second part will explore the key ideas of political thought such as revolution, statehood, capitalism, socialism, social contract and nature of human development on the basis of a number of movies and TV Shows including Star Trek (1966-2017), Parasite (2019), The Lives of Others (2006), Battle Royale (2000), Dogville (2003), Experiment (2001), Snowpiercer (2013), Elysium (2013), Black Mirror (2011-2019), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Solaris (1971, 2002), The Walking Dead (2010-2020), Ex Machina (2014) and Matrix (1999).
The majority of the media content that is included in the course has an ”R” rating and depicts the scenes of extreme violence, sexual harassment, abusive and racist language and other disturbing content. If you are easily offended, please do not take this course.
Diez, Thomas, Ingvild Bode, and Aleksandra F. d. Costa. 2011. Key concepts in international relations. SAGE key concepts. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Dyson, Stephen B. 2015. Otherworldly politics: The international relations of Star trek, Game of thrones, and Battlestar Galactica / Stephen Benedict Dyson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Language of the course: German
Language of the readings: German and English (mostly English)