The course will introduce students to the wide range of issues involved in the studies of international relations and global politics from critical perspectives. We begin the class with stories around the world, stories on ordinary people, the oppressed, the poor to stories on kings, the sovereign. We will cover the concept of nationalism, the working of capitalism and climate change, and the global pandemic. After the midterm, we continue with capitalism and global commodities, state and surveillance, and global inequality. We also focus on how race and gender shape IR and global politics. We look at the “low politics” of popular culture
to see what we can learn about global politics from it. In addition to popular culture, we find out what is going on in global politics through the mass media. Then we move on to study how neoliberalism and human rights are connected. We end the class with social movements, resistance, and revolution.