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65781-01 - Seminar: Militarism, Terrorism and Aid: The Role of Popular Culture in International Relations 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Nora Naji (nora.naji@unibas.ch)
Darja Schildknecht (darja.schildknecht@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course examines the role of popular culture within gendered and racialized narratives of militarism, terrorism and aid, with a particular focus on its impact on political and societal processes. Through a combination of cultural studies and political science, the course explores how modes of governance are reflected in contemporary culture, whereby culture reveals the relationships between the production and circulation of power. The course is divided into three thematic blocks of militarism, terrorism and aid. Students will critically examine how the security-development nexus is embedded in cultural discourses, thereby looking at cultural products such as movies, music, literature that shape our gendered and racialized understanding of international relations. As part of the course evaluation, students are invited to present their own case studies that disclose the intimate relationship between culture and politics in the context of international relations.
Lernziele Through active participation in this course, students will:
Gain an understanding of key concepts, debates and methods regarding culture and politics
Analyze how cultural discourse produces racialized and gendered understandings of militarism, terrorism and aid
Expand awareness of the manner by which culture functions both to reinforce and to contest relations of power
Develop critical thinking, strengthen public speaking skills and improve their writing skills through assignments.
Literatur The course syllabus will be uploaded to Adam in August.


Teilnahmebedingungen Admission to BA students in Gender Studies and Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 23.09.2022 – 28.10.2022
Zeit Freitag, 09.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 23.09.2022 09.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Freitag 30.09.2022 09.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Freitag 14.10.2022 09.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Freitag 28.10.2022 09.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Module Modul: Themen der Nahoststudien (Bachelor Studienfach Nahoststudien)
Modul: Themenfelder der Geschlechterforschung (Bachelor Studienfach Geschlechterforschung)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The course conveners evaluate participants through attendance rate, group presentations and a submitted class paper at the end of the course. In the first session, participants have to form three groups and choose one out of the three topics: militarism, terrorism and aid. Groups have to prepare a presentation on the topic moderated by class discussion. The goal is to choose three cultural artifacts that are put in relation to each other and illustrate the gendered and racialized understandings of militarism, terrorism and aid produced in popular culture. In the assigned class paper (approx. 1000 words), the students are expected to put their findings in relation to the relevant literature.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Gender Studies