About the course
The course is about narratives of politics in a globalized world, and more specifically depictions of contemporary world politics in science fiction and fantasy (SF). Several key concepts to be explored are central to theoretical debates in both the humanities and social sciences, but tend to be used in very different ways by political scientists and media scholars -- concepts such as realism, representation, identity, myth and power. The course is structured around two theoretical traditions: the study of international relations, and narrative theory. No previous knowledge of either field is required, nor are students supposed to become experts in these traditions by the end of the course. Instead, students will be expected to make scholarship out of the banal, by relating these theories to the sorts of popular culture texts encountered in everyday life, and in particular novels and films from the science fiction and fantasy genre.