International relations

Global Queer

Module code: 963M1
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module seeks to provide you with a comprehensive and sophisticated appreciation of the importance of queer work and queer practices in world politics. These include knowledge of different approaches to queer theory and sexuality studies and how these bear on understandings of international relations theory and practices in world politics. The kinds of questions to be investigated are: What is 'queer' and how has 'queer' been understood and explained by the discipline of IR? How and in what ways are 'sexuality' and 'queer' constituted as domains of international political practice and mobilised so that they bear on questions of state and nation formation, war and peace, and global political economy? And how does the discipline of IR grapple with 'queer' and 'sexuality studies' work? Topics to be investigated include analysing how 'heteronormativity' and 'homonormativity' function in relation to questions of hegemony, nationalism, migration, military recruiting, military intervention and its justifications, and neoliberal development projects. We will also consider how 'queer trouble-making' - as a political practice in world politics and as a scholarly practice within the discipline of international relations - might begin to change the relationships amongst queer work, sexuality studies, and international relations.

Module learning outcomes

  • Possess of indepth understanding of 'queer' and 'sexuality', including its place in theories of International Relations
  • Develop advanced ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of some of the different approaches to work on queer, sexuality and IR
  • Demonstrate indepth familiarity with the major thinkers, approaches, concepts of queer and sexuality, as indicated in the syllabus