My primary aim as an educator is to help my students critically engage with their views on society, politics, and international relations. I want them to develop a perspective that is global but recognises that there is no ‘view from nowhere’. We are rooted individuals, but that does not mean we cannot engage in criticism of the way the world works. Politics intrinsically raises ethical questions and attempts to reduce political questions to merely technical issues neglects the most important element of our discipline.
I am a progressive conservative when it comes to pedagogy. I am happy to embrace new technologies and approaches to teaching when they have a demonstrably positive influence on the student experience. However, I believe the core of the university experience is a structured and engaging lecture, actively facilitated seminars, and, most importantly, personal contact between students and academics. These are the fundamental building blocks of the university.
Selected Current and Past Courses
City, University of London
IP1014: Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
IP1015: International Relations Theories
IP2020: Advanced Theories of Global Politics
IP3017: Final Year Dissertations
IP3025: Global Ethics: Power and Principles in World Politics
IPM103: Theories of International Politics
IPM111: MA Dissertation
IPM117: Global Ethics: Principles, Power and Politics
University of Cambridge
Pol2: International Society
Pol3: Ethics and World Politics
Pol8: History of Political Thought from c.1700 - c.1890