Narratives and the Cultural Factor: Cultural Issues in Global Politics

Addressing Policy Issues

Dr. Ipshita Basu
Ipshita Basu


Ipshita Basu is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Westminster's Department of Politics and International Relations, London. She is a political sociologist specializing on governance and policy processes in South Asia. Her research over the last 11 years has unpacked the relation between development policy narratives and the politics of identity. She has done this by engaging in issues such as redistributive justice, middle classes, urban governance and emerging power projection.

Module Summary:

This Module focuses on the concept and consequences of culture in global policy and politics. You will deal with the concept of culture as a “site of meaning-making” and the relation between culture, International Relations theory and global-policy making. Different policy fields such as security, foreign policy, development and its connection to historically produced cultural discourses and the identities, power relations etc. will be analyzed. Finally, this Module will reflect on alternative concepts of power that can be extracted from this cultural perspective of global policy and politics.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be familiarized with different concepts and consequences of cultural issues in global politics as well as with new studies in cultural cognition and perception of the environment, including different views of the self, the community, and the concept of individual rights.
  • You will immerse in concepts of culture and value systems, enabling you to assess and classify examples, thus gaining working methods and skills relevant to real-life situations.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments and developing your own research paper.


  • Taking part in four different Discussion Board tasks and a quiz task.
  • Preparing the final research paper, based on your previous work. The final paper can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in October each year

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