POPULAR CULTURE AND GEOPOLITICS
Dr Jason Dittmer
Unit value: 0.5 unit Year 3 Term 2
Brief course description
A lecture-oriented course considering the subject matter of popular geopolitics
The course will cover a wide variety of approaches to the analysis of popular culture and geopolitics. It will begin with two weeks’ overview of critical geopolitics and cultural studies before moving into in-depth coverage of concepts that have emerged within the field as key to both traditional popular geopolitics and its theoretical challenges and variants. Each week will feature a different concept and related case study.
Having completed this course, students will have:
- Gained an understanding of the various theoretical approaches to popular culture within the geopolitical tradition;
- Engaged with case studies of popular culture that enable students to make connections between theoretical approaches and empirical examples;
- Applied this theoretical knowledge alongside their own critical thinking skills to analyze, in groups, some element of popular geopolitics
- Earned experience working in teams towards a common goal;
- Participated in an oral presentation that illustrates the team’s collective work.
Topics to be covered:
Method of Teaching
Lectures and group presentations
Form of Assessment
50% examination, 50% coursework
Pre-requisites and relationships with other courses
You should have taken GEOG2019 in year 2.
Dittmer, J. (2010) Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.Sharp, J. (2000) Condensing the Cold War: Reader’s Digest and American Identity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.