Given that classes begin a week from tomorrow, this list is final, though the order could change a bit as I tweak the syllabus:
I. Realist view of world politics: the role of states, the importance of fear and violence in international political life, and the alleged "tragedy of great power politics."
Twelve O'Clock High
Saving Private Ryan
II. Nationalism, idealism and internationalism
The Quiet American
Black Hawk Down
III. Critical perspectives: comedy and critique
The Great Dictator
Wag the Dog
IV. Human security
The Whale Rider
You can probably tell from my list that I decided to screen primarily good (or even great) films. I decided to avoid, for the most part anyway, truly bad cinema.
My syllabus includes this disclaimer:
Many of the films are rated R and “feature” crude language, intense scenes of violence and naked human bodies. If that offends you, then please do not remain in the class.Let me know if you think that should be reworked.
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