I consider teaching to be an integral part of academic life, and my love of teaching is one of the reasons why I became an academic. My teaching philosophy is centred on encouraging curiosity and I see the classroom as a space where we can all question our own assumptions and explore new ideas while debating the big and small questions of international relations. I use a range of learning activities, from more traditional lectures and seminars, to role plays and simulation exercises, to push students to see the subject from different angles. I draw on ‘flipped classroom’ teaching methods, which emphasise active learning and putting students in charge of their own learning.
My teaching goal is to foster critical thinking skills: teaching students how to think, not what to think. I engage with students as independent scholars, getting them to apply theories independently to develop their own analytical skills, and giving them the tools to do so.
In the past, I have taught a wide range of subjects related to International Relations and Security Studies, at the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester.
During the 2018-19 academic year, I will convene and teach the following module at the University of Sheffield:
- POL6005 CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL SECURITY