One of the best parts of working in academia is the ability to inspire students through teaching. My approach has always been based on the need to challenge and stimulate students, encouraging critical thinking and analytical engagement with current issues, and developing their practical skills. I use a broad range of methods like debates, engagement with non-academic actors, computer labs, etc. in order to promote inquiry-based learning and the development of students' analytical, communication, and transferable skills.
Political analysis and research methods
Public Opinion and Polling (Year 3)
This undergraduate module will introduce students to the theory and practice of public opinion. It will discuss what public opinion is, how opinions are formed, and how far they are ‘shaped’ by the questions asked. In addition, it will teach how survey research can be used to measure public opinion and how statistical software can be used to analyse data from public opinion polls. Students will have an opportunity to design their own survey and analyse the data collected as part of their assessment.
Quantitative Political Analysis (Year 4)
This postgraduate module lays the groundwork for answering the question 'What can we learn about political systems and political processes from empirical observations?'. In doing so, the relationship between theory and data (i.e. real world) is explicated via quantitative research methods. Students will also have an opportunity to work with real data and learn how to use a statistical anaysis software Stata. By the end of the course, students will be in position to critically read and evaluate findings and conclusions based on analysis of data as well as apply a variety of statistical methods and research designs in their own research.
Research Methods (Year 4)
How do we know what we think we know? In this module, students learn about a selection of qualitative and quantitative methods, and how to conduct cross-national research. It provides students the skills to develop a research outline and conduct independent quantitative research for their thesis: how to develop theoretically-motivated research questions, how to build a research design and testable empirical hypotheses, how to select appropriate methods for analysis and find adequate data sources, how to conduct data analysis, and how to interpret as well as present the results.
British Politics: Consensus, Crisis and Coalition (Year 1)
This undergraduate course examines post-war political history and some of the key policy debates which have shaped Britain today. Each lecture is organised around a particular Prime Minister and a particular issue they were required to grapple with. In doing so, the module offers students an exciting, vivid and intellectually engaging account of British politics since 1945 and provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in key debates and controversies that have shaped Britain after the end of World War II.
Internship Programme in British and European Politics (UG and PG)
The internship programme combines in-class learning and discussion in lecture and seminar format with practical experience through an internship with practitioner. It is intended to do two things. First, it will provide students an understanding of the political institutions and policy-making process in Britain and Europe, and with the capacity to situate this knowledge against an understanding of other institutional frameworks. Second, and most importantly, it will give students a rare opportunity to work with politicians and policy-makers in Britain, and a chance to apply what they have learned in a practical setting.
Governance and public policy
Comparative Governance and Public Policy (Year 4)
This postgraduate module explores the role of the state and the effective implementation of public policies, drawing on case studies from around the world. It adopts a comparative approach in order to provide diverse insights into the theory and practice of governance and public policy. This module if particularly aimed at students who may follow a career within the public sector and, as such, seek to locate state of the art academic research and theory within the contours of 'real-world' policy dilemmas.
European Union Governance and Policy-Making (Year 4)
This postgraduate module introduces or reintroduces students to policy and governance in the European Union to develop understanding of the institutions and actors responsible for how policy is made and implemented at the European level. It will outline the theory underpinning European Union policy-making, and the basic structures, institutions and actors involved in the process, as well as locating European Union policy-making in a comparative perspective and in relation to the European Union member states. Then, the module will look at how policy is made and implemented in different policy areas, including areas of traditional European Union strength, such as the single market and competition, as well as areas where the European Union does not have binding powers, but still acts as a coordinating body.