Author profile: Dylan Kissane

Dylan Kissane

Dylan Kissane is Professor of International Politics at CEFAM in Lyon, France. He is the curator of The Ivory Tower blog on E-IR.

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

What We Don’t Teach Students in IR – But Should

The thing that separates the best students from struggling ones is not the commitment to studies nor the ability to understand concepts, but the level of academic skills.

What’s in an IR Program?

What’s in an IR Program?

One of the problems that emerges when designing a course or a program in IR is that there is so much to fit in and so little that clearly can be left out.

Afraid to Argue

Afraid to Argue

French students find it difficult, if not impossible, to write what they ‘think’ about a subject or issue. Instead, they tend to only demonstrate how much they ‘know’.

Read the Damn Syllabus

Read the Damn Syllabus

One consistent complaint on behalf of professors is that students forget to read or just refuse to read the course syllabus. This can be a highly frustrating experience.

Goodbye, Spring

Goodbye, Spring

It’s the final week of classes at CEFAM for the Spring semester. It’s been a hard and tiring semester. Bring on the Summer, and soon.

Seasons

Seasons

The academic year runs according to the pattern of the seasons. This pattern is under pressure today from moves in the academy towards greater maximization of resources.

Time to Think

Time to Think

There’s something to be said for the benefits of traveling for any academic. It offers the chance to think, reflect, imagine and turn the mind free.

Direction: Thessaloniki

Direction: Thessaloniki

The World Congress of Political Science is to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Hopefully, some good things will come out of the planned trip and the conference.

IR Films

IR Films

While there is the obvious trade off with regards to class time, showing films to students can help them to understand key themes and issues within IR.

Courting Controversy

Courting Controversy

In an IR classroom, it is fine for a professor to share their political views, but there are times when it makes more sense for the professor to refrain from sharing.

Small Classes

Small Classes

Small classes are not encouraged by university administrators who are keen to maximise the return on the time and money invested in delivering face-to-face learning.

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