by Brandon Valeriano and Andrew Stevens (recent University of Glasgow graduate)
Movies are important teaching tools in the field of International Relations. We have to be honest with ourselves; students now are less inclined to read assigned materials. On top of this, visual media and active learning techniques have been demonstrated over and over again to be more effective when compared to traditional methods. This (past) last weekend Valeriano saw Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while Guardians was perhaps the most fun, original, superhero movie of the modern era, Dawn was likely the ultimate reflection of important themes in the International Relations field and a seminal reflection on the roots of violence. Dawn will be a useful teaching tool for some time, so we wanted to highlight some of the major themes and issues it addresses.