Kraków, Poland

Introduction to Complexity through Film

when 1 July 2024 - 12 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 650

It has become expected of policy-makers, pundits, and scholars to refer to a whole raft of global dilemmas—from the economic downturn to climate change—as complex. The complexity of these challenges intimates a pattern of interactions marked by sharp discontinuities and exponential transformations triggered by incremental changes. Yet, how are global publics making sense of such complexity?

This course claims that representations of world politics in popular culture play a contingent, yet undeniably prominent role in shaping our collective understanding of the ongoing turbulence. The global political arena is expansive, complicated, and often confusing and cinematic representations assist many of us in developing an understanding of: What counts as “international relations”? Which problems are “political”? How do the choices of people in one nation affect others around the world? Why do states behave the way they do? Do individuals have any influence in global politics? Is the world governed by norms, or power, or some combination? etc. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the analysis of popular culture as rendered in film representations, and to relate these analyses to our understandings of the complexity of global life.

Course leader

Prof. Emilian Kavalski, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Target group

The course is intended for students of all levels.

Fee info

EUR 650: The participant pays fees for:
a) participation in three selected courses with accommodation (7 days) and meals EUR 650
b) participation in three selected courses without accommodation with meals EUR 570
c) participation in three selected courses with accommodation (7 days) without meals EUR 620
d) participation in three courses without accommodation and meals EUR 450
e) each subsequent course EUR 150
f) optional trip EUR 50


No scholarships will be provided.