The first session was Tuesday and the class is mostly constituted by sophomores and juniors in Political Science, though it also includes at least one student from the Film Studies minor. A couple of the students clearly have a good deal of experience thinking about film, which should be helpful to the rest of us. There are currently only 11 students so I would like to attract a few more this week before enrollments close on Friday.
In mid-December, enrollment was closer to 15, so I fear that the omicron variant has pushed students online. If anyone is on the fence about spring courses, the classroom is very large and there is plenty of room for social distancing.
On Tuesday, we basically covered the syllabus, which can be found here. Mostly, we're studying films and covering topics that previous versions of the course have trod -- though the course content has improved significantly over the years. In 2006, in retrospect, I really didn't know much about what I was doing.
I have adopted three new films: Green Zone, to discuss the selling of the Iraq war, Wonder Woman, to study gender themes in IR, and Eye in the Sky, to address the ongoing "drone war" in American Foreign Policy.