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Teaching Politics and IR: 'the state of the discipline'

28 September 2009 |

Teaching Politics and IR: 'the state of the discipline'

The second Annual Conference of the PSA Teaching and Learning Special Group was held at the University of Leeds on 8-9th September.

'Teaching Politics and IR: 'the state of the discipline' was hosted by the School of Politics and International Studies and co-convened by Dr. Simon Lightfoot (University of Leeds) and Dr. Cathy Gormley-Heenan (University of Ulster) and brought together colleagues from across the UK and from as far away as Australia, thanks to Benito Cao’s virtual presentation.

The day was opened by Prof. Vivien Jones, PVC for Learning and Teaching at the University of Leeds, whose talk provided an excellent overarching framework to the conference.

With panels on the curriculum in the 21st century, teaching 'sensitive' topics, issues around the mainstreaming of gender into the curriculum, the use of technology (such as twitter) in the classroom and broader skills development for politics and IR student, there was plenty of debate and discussion for the full two days!

The group were delighted to share the 2nd day of the conference with the C-SAP Open Day which was designed to showcase some different resources useful for teaching and learning in politics.  Bela Arora, who heads up the Politics Unit within C-SAP reminded delegates of the many useful tools and resources available on the C-SAP website. Students from Leeds regaled us with stories of the success of their Peer Assisted Study Sessions which they organised last year. Colleagues left buzzing with news ideas about teaching and learning in politics and IR that they could try out in their own institutions.

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