Post Tagged with: "teaching"

Learning to Teach

Learning to Teach

College teaching is much like any other profession in that there is a skill set that one must develop. Universities and colleges can and should do more to help early career academics become better teachers.

Banned

Banned

Teaching politics in China is going to be a different experience. The prospect makes one pause and recall the sorts of freedoms we enjoy in the West and the way professors do sometimes take them for granted.

A Crisis Resolved

A Crisis Resolved

Through taking part in the devised Crisis Simulations, the POL 210 students have emerged with a settlement as planned and hopefully a greater appreciation for the complexities of international politics.

How Civilization Became a Course

How Civilization Became a Course

At the start of the course, I warn students that I am not responsible if they end up addicted to the game Civilization. One more turn is always necessary before shutting down for the day.

The pursuit of research at the expense of teaching

The pursuit of research at the expense of teaching

A university can sometimes make very questionable choices. If its raison d’être is to provide high quality education, then surely having first-rate teachers is a precondition for the execution of its function. Universities need to keep in mind that they are schools first and research institutions second. This hunger for prestige through research output puts at risk not only the careers of passionate and inspirational teachers, but also the education of students.s

A Wake Up Call for International Relations?

A Wake Up Call for International Relations?

Should a university continue to ‘sell’ courses in an area that will produce no tangible employment prospects? Is this ethical? If so, that is the very definition of academic in its pejorative sense.

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